Wildlife Outdoor Expo

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That same day, NOAA observers on another vessel at the Macondo well site in the Gulf saw five sperm whales, including a juvenile, covered in oil. Two days later, NOAA issued a press release about the dead whale, announcing that it would have tests conducted to determine the cause of death. "The unfortunate whale, and some revealing e-mail exchanges, including the revelation that the crew of the Pisces was instructed not to post or disseminate any pictures they took. There were not any results of the tests that were conducted into the cause of the whale's demise," Greenpeace reports. What they received, and released Wednesday, was a trove of photographs of that unfortunate whale, revealing e-mail exchanges containing alarming information. Among that information was that the crew of the Pisces was instructed not to post or disseminate any pictures they took. There were not any results of the tests that were conducted into the cause of the whale's demise. Because the Macondo well capping was unsuccessful, or a well-orchestrated media "sham," as the oil insider Matt Simmons had said, the oil and methane have been leaking ever since. Huge amounts of gases including methane and pentane spewed from the Macondo oil well, along with at least 206 million gallons of crude oil that is still filling the gulf today. The journal Nature Geoscience, University of Georgia oceanographers estimated months ago that 500,000 tons of gaseous hydrocarbons escaped during the spill and the gas leak was equivalent to a minimum of 1. 6-1.

Wildlife Biology

In an area of the state that is experiencing ongoing development at a rapid clip, Wheeler provides secure and undisturbed environment for mammals, reptiles, fish and birds by the thousands. A visit to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge begins best with a stop at the Visiors Center where you can see interpretive exhibits and get and overview of what you might expect to expereince during your visit. You may also enjoy checking out the Observation Building which gives you a chance to use spotting scopes to locate various species of birds in the display pool. From the visitors center you may want to try a short hiking trail. There are even picnic tables available for you use. There are lots of special environmental education programs that go on at Wheeler year round. There is also a summer camp and volunteer days that may interest you and your family It is possible to enjoy Wheeler year round but some in the state also take advantage of the assigned hunting and fishing seasons within the refuge to enjoy their favorite sport. There are 6 developed boat ramps and several undeveloped areas that will let you get your craft on the water. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf Shores, AL Much smaller thatn the huge Wheeler refuge, Bon Secour comprises only 7,000 acres. But what it does with that acreage is considerable. Established in 1980 the refuge has been set aside for non-game migratory birds who are making their way south to lower Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean.