No Shrimp

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was two years ago. We dealt with closed beaches, lost jobs, a resulting crummy local economy (during an already bad recession) that is trying so hard to recover. Birds cleaned, turtles under watch, dolphins washing ashore but the beach looks clean most of the time. I can see in shells on the beach where the mollusk or gastropod ate from oily sand. I’ve just finished washing oil from my sandals last week.
But now, with mutant shrimp, the Gulf shrimp season around the Mobile Bay region is closed ’til further notice. Science experts have to check things out.
Here’s an article I found on the topic I’d like you to read.
http://bpoil.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/gulf-seafood-update-officials-close-gulf-waters-to-shrimping-as-reports-of-deformed-seafood-intensify/
So now, what’s a shrimper to do?

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Cool App for People on the Gulf Coast

It’s called Swim Guide and it’s available for both Apple and Android products.
It allows you to find out the water quality at a beach near you. You can also find a beach nearby, bookmark favorite beaches, and report pollution problems if you spot them.
Our Mobile Baykeeper just added the beaches of Mobile and Baldwin County to the program. These include Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and others.  You can find other beaches but they seem to mostly be in south Florida, California, the Great Lakes or Canada.  The app is obviously new and a work in progress but it’s pretty cool.  I just looked up Dauphin Island East End.  It is giving a yellow flag warning, directions, and  an “I’m here” feature so you can tell your friends on social media where you are.

Check out the Swim Guide webpage here to download the app on your phone: http://www.theswimguide.org/download.php

Florida State Bird

In 2008, I wrote about the opportunity to vote for a new state bird for Florida. At that time, the Audubon Society had made several choices available for elementary students to vote on.  You can read about it here: http://wp.me/pi56K-3R.

The Mockingbird is the current state bird, as it is the state bird of several other states.  The topic of making a bird that was unique to Florida, it’s new state bird got on a roll and has continued up until now.  Follow the link below for more information about changing the state bird of Florida from the Mockingbird to the Florida Scrub Jay.  Sign the petition if you wish.

http://www.change.org/petitions/florida-state-goverment-make-the-florida-scrub-jay-the-new-state-bird?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition