Saddened by what she imagined the oil spill was doing to wildlife near her family’s summer home on the Gulf coast, an 11-year-old began creating pictures of birds to raise money for rescue operations. Since then, totals have climbed into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
After learning about Olivia Bouler’s campaign, America Online donated $25,000 to the Audubon Society in her name and also created a gallery of her artwork.
The fifth-grader decided to send a bird illustration to anyone who donates to The Audubon Society, The Sierra Club, The Weeks Bay Foundation, The Mobile Bay Estuary Program or The National Wildlife Fund.
Her mother started a Facebook group called “Save the Gulf: Olivia’s Bird Illustrations,” which eventually collected more than 28,000 fans.
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