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Olivia Bouler: 11 years old and willing to help is how she described herself to the Audubon Society when she contacted them about the tragedy in the Gulf. Aspiring ornithologist and artist, Olivia wept when she heard about the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, a place where she spent many vacations with her cousins and grandparents who live in Louisiana and Alabama. Knowing birds were going to suffer, she had to take action. Inspired by her hero James Audubon, Olivia wrote to the Audubon Society about her fundraising idea. With Audubon’s input, Olivia decided simply to give bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts, setting a goal of 500 originals.
The response was incredible, raising over $200,000 for organizations helping wildlife in the Gulf region and having over 31,000 people sign up for her Facebook page: Save the Gulf: Olivia’s Bird Illustrations. Her story has appeared on many media outlets including CNN, The Today Show, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Larry King Live, People Magazine, and Disney Friends for Change. Olivia received many honors and accolades for her work, including being named a White House Champion of Change and meeting President Obama.
Olivia wrote and illustrated Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf (Sterling Children’s Publishing), which is now in its second printing, and created an educational board game about bird migration. Now a sophomore in high school, she is currently writing and illustrating a graphic novel and enjoys speaking to fellow young people around the country about birds and saving their habitat.