2011 Sep 04
On Wings Of Care volunteers are still here in the Gulf and still working for the truth to be told and shown to you, the public. Because ONLY YOU can ensure that federal, state, and local authorities act according to the wisest long-term interests of the Gulf -- the ocean, the coasts and wetlands, and you, its residents. ONLY YOU can ensure that funds from the government and corporations are used wisely and for long-term good.
On Wings Of Care is ready to make more surveillance flights over the Gulf, especially over the areas where we recently showed you (and apparently also BP and the US Coast Guard) where large amounts of fresh oil are continuing to contaminate waters south of Louisiana and Mississippi, both near shore and out to more than 100 miles off shore. Your 'clear blue waters' are far from clear or blue anymore. The 'solution to pollution' is quite evidently NOT 'dilution' (or dispersion), contrary to cute corporate jingles...
On Wings Of Care has tapped all of its savings and that of its primary supporters this past year, primarily to make critical flights and boat sampling missions in the Gulf. We have done this in order that YOU can know the facts and act wisely, despite propaganda from those who want you to believe that the 'Gulf is healed' and 'Gulf seafood is safe.' Of course, we all want that to be true! But it does not appear to be true, and all the lies in the world can't change the facts.
On Wings Of Care volunteers' services to help the Gulf will remain and always will remain free of charge. But we need financial support for the maintenance, repairs, regular servicing, and fuel costs for our aircraft, all of which has averaged us at least $200 per flight hour. Outstandingly generous support has come from Flightline First at New Orleans' Lakefront airport (KNEW), as they have offered discounted fuel, maintenance, and hangar/tiedown rates for us and for other nonprofit efforts to help the Gulf and Gulf residents. Some local residents and environmental groups have made critically helpful donations to help keep us sailing, sampling, flying, and eating; and they have paid to have the samples we collect analyzed by independent labs. But the few of them and us are not enough to continue giving you the surveillance flights that have been needed in order to keep you all accurately informed about what is going on in your waters.
We anticipate flying four to six more missions over the Gulf over the next 10 days. And beginning mid-October, if there is public request and support, we can fly weekly surveillance flights with videographers onboard. Each flight usually takes four or five hours (our airplane can fly for eight hours without stopping, but our videographers aren't always up for that). To do that and to continue to provide surveillance flights through autumn, we'd like to raise $10,000.
All donations are fully tax-deductible, and receipts for tax purposes are always provided. Our tax returns and annual reports are available publicly and on request. You may donate by PayPal or credit card at our website OnWingsOfCare.org, or by credit card, check, or cash to us directly or to our aircraft expense account at Flightline First at Lakefront airport.
To read more about On Wings Of Care and our general mission, click on "About" at our website.
To skilled photographers and videographers: You are most welcome to fly with us with minor donations! The only condition is that moderate-resolution versions of your footage be made available to us for prompt posting to the OnWingsOfCare.org website and sharing with the public media. You will be credited and are of course welcome to copyright your footage and use it for fame and wealth and more help for the Gulf!
All of us who have flown or sailed or worked with On Wings Of Care in the Gulf will forever be haunted by what we've seen since the spring of 2010: an extraordinarily beautiful and diverse coastal, island, and ocean area rich with marine and bird life, suddenly blanketed by toxic crude oil and then washed in chemical dispersants. Imprinted on our memories are visions of animals whose lives were tortured and cut short, plants choked and burned, tide pools turned to metallic rainbows, and gunk on beaches that was shoveled away every night so that it would go unseen by the public during daylight. You were told that all was okay now, that magically, bacteria had eaten all the oil, and now fishing could go on as usual. Watching the public be so duped and disrespected was as horrible a site for us as watching the Gulf be poisoned.
Thank you for helping us help the Gulf.
Bonny Schumaker ("Dr. Bonny"), for all the volunteers and supporters of On Wings Of Care
Above: Large oil slick found this past 2011 August 30, near site of the MC252 "spill" of 2010 April.
Above left: Massive subsurface brown plumes around Breton Sound, 2011 Mar 18 (still there!)
Above right: Mississippi suffered no environmental impact? This photo shot 14 months ago -- that would be a large expanse of oil floating just off shore from Pascagoula.
Above: Over 300 samples collected and tested from the beaches, coastal islands, and offshore waters of Mississippi and Louisiana, with help from Sea Shepherd and other local friends! (Summer and fall 2010, spring and summer 2011.)
"The Story of Pellie Lou - a Pelican who survived the Gulf of Mexico oil spill"
by Bonny L. Schumaker, Ph.D.
With 46 photos from the Gulf of Mexico.
ALL proceeds go to benefit Gulf wildlife!
Order your autographed hard copies or an electronic copy here!
Read about our rescues under Rescue Tails!
Here are some samples:
A Dog Named Pepper Doesn't Give up Easily on Life!
20130428 - This 15-yr-old deaf, blind, arthritic senior held out in a hot, dry, desert parking lot until love finally found him!
CHAZ - No Ordinary Extraordinary Cur!
20130422 - Left to die but instead, this super-intelligent deep-hearted dog discovered love, family, and even fun -- from the most unlikely mentors!
Turbulent Trails for Tails from TX-20130413
Six rescue dogs from east Texas find forever homes in Nevada and California!
Who was rescued, and who was the rescuer? Anyone who has known this kind of bond has felt something so deep, so real, so ancient, that it cannot be described with words. These bonds ground us and free us from pettiness in our lives. Thank you Sheba. Rest in peace.
A Letter From Your Admirers! 20121231
This was a last-minute challenge that seemed beyond even our own grandest heroic imaginings. But it turned out not to be beyond the devoted hearts and energies of about 30 rescuers, shelter staff, volunteers, and families working together. Forty-three (yes, 43!) dogs in one day, from dead-ends in a Porterville shelter to homes and real lives with real humans who love and want them. Rescuers ROCK!
Orphaned very young, left alone and hungry til her fur fell out and her skin was covered with mange. Thanks to some big-hearted Texas rescuers, not only did she recover, she found the family who wanted to love her forever. How glad we were to be able to give this little pup with the big paws the ride to the rest of her life!
20121205-Blackie Goes Home at Last, and Taylor Turns Texan!
Four long months since Blackie's lifelong human companion and partner Tammy suffered a serious injury from a passing truck and disappeared from his life. Suddenly Blackie was in a shelter kennel, and Tammy fought for her life as she dreamed of her beloved dog. Thanks to many people, both of these souls survived to find each other again! This was a rescue and a reunion we'll never forget.
The same rains that made us work "On WHEELS Of Care" this week kept us grounded for this trip, which serendipitously combined the transport of Skip northward and the joyful and miraculous reunion of Miss T'Chen, who had been rescued and taken to Illinois after Hurricane Isaac, with her family in Baton Rouge!
This flight went almost as planned, and our plane was filled to over-flowing on every leg. And we met some wonderful new cat and dog rescues in Idaho and Oregon!
20 Lucky rescued dogs flown to homes in Canada!
2012 Sep 22
It turned out to a journey full of unexpected challenges, but these 20 lucky lovable canines who had been through the worst of times in California were just the best through it all, and now they are warming the hearts and laps and lives of some very lucky Canadian families!
Spindletop Scandal and the Search for Scarlett
2012 July 17 - present
With pitbull-like tenacity, we wouldn't take "NO" for an answer. Out of 21 dogs we sought, we have closure on all but two. Alas, one of those two is our Scarlett.
Tale of seven cities, six cats, and five goats!
2012 July 16
Who knows if the pleas for help brought the plane, or vice-versa.
But when serendipity puts this much together, there's no saying no!
Homeless Mom and Pups no More!
2012 July 08
Sometimes rescuers find the IDEAL person to adopt that animal in need ...
themselves! And in the process, a hole gets filled for the entire family.
This lucky mom now lives with Bear, Sheba, and Dave!
From Empty Nest to Love Fest!
2012 May 11
That last urgent plea came for the five orphaned pups ...
but what about the two large senior boys who would probably never get adopted?
Some people are just angels, meant to be who they are and where they are.
Check out these two and their new happy pack!
JEREMIAH has come home to us!
UPDATE 2012 July 7!
2012 January 13
His adopter called to say she had become ill, and could we care for Jeremiah? You bet we could. We rented a plane and flew to Arizona and retrieved him immediately. Jeremiah was indeed a true friend, and we aim to be his true friends, too. He has been eating like crazy and slept his stress away for the first few days, and now he's acting like a young dog again. Read more here!
CHAMP found at the airport!
2012 January 01
A sad, scared but dignified young Champ quickly won the hearts of everyone who met him at the New Orleans airport, and within two days we had permission from his original breeders to give him to a young couple with a younger female boxer mix, all of whom fell totally in love with him at first sight! Champ and Miss Princess are leading the good life now, and Champ's new dad finally has the fishing buddy he wanted! They tell us we made their dreams come true. We think they made Champ's come true, too.
Abby & Dinozo -- Two of a Kind!
2011 September--2012 January
Orphaned brother and sister, rescued and adored until calamity struck and they lost their family. Orphaned again, these gentle gems and perfect canine citizens found love and adventure with us until we found them their true forever home! Abby & Dinozo came with us to Washington January 7, and they were welcomed warmly and immediately into a home. Read more here!
Yo! Get a Load of Yolo!
2011 November--2012 January
Left in the cold, high in the mountains of southern California, life was over before it had barely begun for this orphan teenager.
Little did he know, his adventures had only begun! As of January 7, it's back to snow but this time with a family who adores him, and lots of fun and play in the Pacific Northwest!
Saving Scarlett -- Love Forever at Last!
Found on the streets, teats full but puppies absent, a battle-torn very hungry pitbull.
Hardly that sought-after doggie in the window.
But after we brought Miss Scarlett home to love and food, warmth and stuffed animals,
we discovered a warm heart and sweet spirit that changed us forever.
2011 July--September 29, A Joyful Reunion At Last!
Here they are during their flight with four other dogs Sep 29 (New Orleans to Oakland, CA, fuel stop in Roswell, NM).
And here's a photo from the happiest reunion ever!
More photos and updated videos here!
Sheba-Cosette - this lovely lady waited a lifetime!
Jeremiah - a true friend finds a new lease on life!
Two Giant Dogs & three cats reunited with their family on Whidbey Island, WA
Chihuahuas "Betty" & "JellyBean" fly to their rescue in Bremerton, WA!
New Year's Rescue: 33 dogs & cats are flown to rescue in the Pacific Northwest!
Hounds fending for themselves for years in Alabama fly to rescue in Arizona!
Romo & Stanley are flown to safe havens in Arizona!
Aerial Monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico - 2013
2013 Apr 12 - Mayflower, AR Pipeline Spill
2013 Apr 02 - Bayou Corne #6
2013 Mar 23 - IMMS Marine Mammals
2013 Mar 19 - Bayou Corne Sinkhole-#5
2013 Feb 15 - Bayou Corne Sinkhole-#4
2013 Jan 26 - Bayou Corne Sinkhole-#3
2012 Dec 24 - Bayou Corne Sinkhole-#2
2012 Nov 08 - Tar Sands and Texas
2012 Aug 30 - Hurricane Isaac Conquered
2012 Aug 28 - Hurricane Isaac Arrives!
2012 Aug 13 - Sinkhole in Bayou Corne, LA
2012 Jun 13-Dispersant Spraying Exercise off LA
2012 April - Chronicles of the Endeavor
2012 Dec 10 - How Dilute is Dilute Enough?
Aerial Monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico - 2012
Sat Nov 17 - Platform Explosion
Wed Nov 14 - Barrier Islands 1
Sat Nov 10 - OIL
Fri Nov 09 - OIL
Sat Oct 06 - Whale Sharks
Fri Oct 05 - OIL
Fri Sep 14 - OIL
Sun Sep 09 - Hurricane Isaac
Sun Aug 12 - Whale Sharks
Wed Jul 11 - Whales & More
Fri Jun 29 - Whale Sharks & More
Dominica - The Nature Island!
On Wings Of Care flies to the Eastern Caribbean for whales and sea turtles!
Read more here!
Aerial Monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico - 2011
Sperm Whales & Whale Sharks:
Cape Cod, MA
Our Gift for YOU for 2011!
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Aerial Monitoring of the Gulf, 2010
Galapagos Veterinary Support
Galapagos vets do much with little,
thanks to true friends who shipped a TON of supplies and meds from the U.S. in June, 2011.
“Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.”