pelican-drawing-olivia-bouler-gulf-oilSaddened 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, and claims to have raised $60,000 so far.

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, with a limit of 500 originals offered.

Her mother started a Facebook group called “Save the Gulf: Olivia’s Bird Illustrations,” which now has more than 5,000 fans.

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