Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf

One 11 year-old girl can make a difference-as budding ornithologist and artist Olivia Bouler has proven, single-handedly raising over $175,000 for the Gulf Coast oil spill recovery. Devastated by the disaster and eager to do her part, Olivia wrote a letter to Audubon, “11 years old and willing to help” offering her own bird paintings to raise contributions for Gulf recovery efforts. The idea took flight, and Olivia proceeded to send out over 500 paintings, many of which are captured in this lavish picture book that recaps her valiant campaign to save birds affected by the spill. Written in her own words, this unique introduction to backyard and endangered birds features Olivias hand-drawn illustrations, bird facts, and full-color photos celebrating Olivias campaign. Olivias Birdssupports Audubons conservation mission, including Gulf Coast cleanup efforts and is printed on FSC eco-friendly paper (Source).

Author(s): Olivia Bouler

11 years old and willing to help is how Olivia Bouler described herself to the Audubon Society when she contacted them about the tragedy in the Gulf. Aspiring ornithologist, artist, and saxophone player, Olivia wept when she heard about the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, a place where she spent many vacations with her cousins and grandparents who live in Louisiana and Alabama. Knowing birds were going to suffer, she had to take action. Inspired by her hero James Audubon, Olivia wrote to the Audubon Society about her fundraising idea, using her talent as an artist to give bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts. Olivia drew and donated 500 original drawings and thousands of limited edition prints throughout the summer of 2010. Now Olivia is busy with a traveling exhibition and a new children’s board game about migrating birds (Source).

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