SHAPE's Women Who Shape the World: Meet the Top 8 Women Who Care

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SHAPE's Women Who Shape the World: Meet the Top 8 Women Who Care

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Sharon K. Taylor, D.V.M., Ph.D.: Saving wildlife in the Gulf oil spill
Sharon Taylor, 47, a veterinarian and Environmental Contaminants Division Chief with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service volunteered to leave her job and head to Louisiana for the Gulf oil spill clean up.

Changing the world: Gulf oils spill clean up
Once Taylor arrived at the site of the Gulf oil spill, she teamed up with state and federal agencies and wildlife rehab centers and led efforts to release the oil-covered birds after they'd been captured and cleaned. "It was a hard job and we often worked 20-hour days, but I felt fortunate to be a part of returning 400 pelicans and other birds to the wild.

What Sharon K. Taylor wants you to know:
Do something in your own backyard. "Many wildlife organizations and government agencies are working on the Gulf oil spill clean up but other regions are in need too. Look up refuge and national parks organizations and volunteer!"

Sharon K. Taylor's stay healthy tip:
Don't forget to take care of your mental well-being. "I've had some challenging times, but I always make sure to keep a sense of humor, go on walks, and eat healthy. If I'm away, I call my kids, which keeps me focused on why I'm doing what I'm doing—to protect the environment so that my children's generation can enjoy it for years to come."

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