South Central Regional Center

Defending Habitat Restoration for Louisiana Brown Pelicans

The diverse wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta support more than 400 bird species, including the brown pelican, but these wetlands are disappearing at an astonishing rate. Unfortunately, one of …

What is Happening to the Gulf’s Blue Crabs?

Blue crabs are one of nature’s survivors. This tough little creature—whose scientific name Callinectes sapidus translates to “savory beautiful swimmer”—is a critical part of the Gulf’s food chain, eaten by …

Despite BP’s Claims, Gulf Dolphins Still Struggling

BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley recently boasted in an interview, “The Gulf has bounced back really well. And I’d like to think that we played a big role.” The more …

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Scramble to the Sea

Ever think the closest you might get to seeing a baby sea turtle would be watching Finding Nemo?  Well, during the summer in South Texas, hatchling releases at Padre Island …

Hercules 265 Natural Gas Rig on Fire

Another Rig Fire in the Gulf, Another Wakeup Call

Updated below – 7/25/2013 Late last night, a natural gas drilling rig known as Hercules 265 exploded. The rig has now partially collapsed and is burning out of control, too …

Troubled Waters – Mysterious Wildlife Deaths in Indian River Lagoon

It sounds like a scene straight out of a Carl Hiaasen novel – mysterious marine mammal and bird deaths haunting a once pristine South Florida lagoon. A historically vibrant estuary …

The Public Has Spoken: Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Is National Economic Restoration

July 8th marked the end of a public comment period for the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Draft Plan. National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund’s members submitted an astounding 37, …

Supreme Court to Water Resource Managers: Just Say No to Filling Wetlands and Floodplains?

With last week’s 5-4 ruling in Koontz v. Saint John’s River Water Management District, the Supreme Court has made it harder for state and local water resource managers to protect …

40,000-Pound Tar Mat Reminds Us the Oil Spill is Not Over

CNN is reporting that a 165-foot by 65-foot tar mat has been found in shallow water off a Louisiana barrier island beach. While the tar mat is ‘only’ 15 percent …

Speak Up for Gulf Restoration to Honor Dolphin Y12

  At the third anniversary of the Gulf oil spill this spring, NWF reported more than 650 dolphins were found stranded in the oil spill area since the Gulf oil …

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