Checking in on Elmer’s Island

As one of the hardest hit areas in the Gulf oil disaster, Elmer’s Island still remains closed to the public. Since heavy oil started washing ashore on the 1,700-acre island in late-May, it has been a ground zero for oiled bird rescues, field studies and clean-up operations. Although considerable progress has been made in restoring the area, the recovery is slow and it’s unknown when it will reopen to the public.

Watch this video to learn about Elmer’s history, the role the island plays in providing habitat for coastal wildlife, and why groups like the Louisiana Wildlife Federation are eager to see it re-opened to the public.