Saturday, November 16, 2019

Saving the blue-footed booby

As reported in The Christian Science Monitor, Will Gladstone is a high school freshman from Arlington, Massachusetts. Back in his 5th grade science class, he learned about a distinctive bird called the blue-footed booby that lives in the Galapagos Islands. He learned that its population has dropped by 1/3 since 1960. Even though he's never been to the Galapagos, or seen a blue-footed booby, he wanted to help preserve the species. But how could he do it?

                                                                                   Riley Robinson/Christian Science Monitor
After a few days, he had a plan. He'd sell blue socks the same color as the birds' feet, to raise money. In March, 2016, he launched an online site called The Blue Feet Foundation, and so far he's sold abouat 10,000 pairs of blue socks to bird-lovers in 46 nations. After costs, he has raised about $90,000 which he donates to the Galapagos Conservancy and the Charles Darwin Foundation. Will's younger brother Matthew helped with sock selling after lots of orders were received.

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