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Gulf Islands National Seashore
Though it might seem the only stories about nesting shorebirds in the national parks revolve around Cape Hatteras National Seashore, there are nesting shorebirds at Gulf Islands National Seashore, too, and officials are implementing seasonal guidelines to protect them.
During 2011-2015, the Civil War will be commemorated with special events in dozens of Civil War-related national parks. This month's schedule includes highlighted events in four parks in four different states.
Bottle Carrying Tribute to British Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Washes Up At Gulf Islands National Seashore
Beach combers always are searching for the unusual, but a crew cleaning up oil at Gulf Islands National Seashore found a message in a bottle honoring a British soldier killed in Afghanistan.
While there was great concern that the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe would have significant impacts on wildlife that rely on the national seashores that line the Gulf of Mexico, there seems to have been little effects on nesting black skimmers at Gulf Islands National Seashore.
In the first wave of what likely could prove to be thousands, 45 sea turtle hatchlings have been released into the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of miles from where their eggs were laid on Gulf of Mexico beaches.
The Center for Biological Diversity, which earlier this summer threatened to sue federal officials and BP over Kemp’s ridley sea turtles being killed in oil fires, now is going after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for failing to assess how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is impacting endangered whales and sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
Life hasn't been easy for Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles in recent years, but the ongoing impacts of the oil spill have raised new concerns for the rare animals. Biologists are moving eggs from a nest at Gulf Islands National Seashore ; they will be incubated, hatched, and ultimately released into the Atlantic Ocean.
You can add pools of oil to the oily residues turning up at Gulf Islands National Seashore from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.