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An 11-year old from New York is using her drawing skills to raise money to help the birds effected by the Gulf oil spill.

Olivia Bouler has only taken “one little class” on drawing and spends most of her time doodling on tests and her homework. She loves bird watching and decided to contact the Audubon Society with her idea of raising money by selling her bird paintings. The idea got the attention of Delta Willis, the Senior Communications Manager of The National Audubon Society. “…what Olivia has done has set a beautiful example by using her skills and creating an initiative that is fruitful for everyone,” Ms. Willis stated.

No one expected the paintings would raise more than $90,000, with a $25,000 donation from AOL. Olivia promises to send her original paintings to the first 500 donors who helped raise $25,000 then spend the remaining of her summer completing the rest of the paintings.

Olivia’s father grew up in Orange Beach, Alabama and visits her grandparents in Louisiana, so she knew that the birds were suffering from the oil spill and wanted to do something to help.

The National Audubon Society was the first to have volunteers to the Gulf Coast by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and will use the donated money to help support volunteers, rehabilitation centers, and help find transportation for the birds.

To support Olivia’s initiative, go to: After donating, you can email your receipt to where you will receive one of five prints from the originals Olivia has created. View some of her paintings below.

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