Animal Jam Blog
Most frequently seen are larage numbers of ospery and heron, large birds that get lots of human response. Visitors are welcomed to walk the Pine Beach Trail that will take you through lush areas filled with all manner of plant
life. Among the reasons that Bon Secour was set aside as a refuge was the desire to preserve the endangered Alabama beach mouse, a native of the dunes and to protect the habitat of a variety of sea turtles. In fact the words "Bon Secour" mean "Safe Harbor" and certainly that is what this area has now become for the plant and wild life that peacefully abide here. But as is so often the case with the formation of a refuge, there is great benefit to mankind as well. The existence of the refuge has meant the preservation of a large span of undeveloped coastal property that will allow visitors from now into perpetuity to see what the Gulf Coast had once looked like before development. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request report released Wednesday included a trove of photographs of garbage bag upon garbage bag of dead Gulf sea animals that the White House ordered workers retrieving the corpses to keep secret from the public. Government veil of secrecy about BP wrecked Macondo well, the Greenpeace independent investigation began with the discovery of a dead, rotting, partially eaten by sharks sperm whale in the Gulf. "The White House was sitting on this stuff for over two years, at the same time they were saying everything was fine, that the oil was gone, and while they were rushing ahead with plans for new drilling in the Gulf, the Arctic, elsewhere," John Hocevar of Greenpeace said when the organization began its Gulf investigation. "It's
just not okay," said Hocevar. "This is not an acceptable type of collateral damage.