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Southwest Airlines Donates $100,000 to National Wildlife Refuge Association

Adventurer C

We’re excited to announce a donation of $100,000 to the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) thanks to you! That’s right. From September 21 to October 4 Southwest Airlines committed to donate $1 to the NWRA for every purchase of our EarlyBird Check-In product. With your help, we have reached our $100,000 goal!

NWRA will use Southwest’s donation to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to acquire and restore brown pelican nesting sites along the Gulf – this work will help ensure the survival of 10,000 brown pelican chicks next year. So thank you to all you EarlyBird flyers who helped to ensure that these birds keep flying too.

In addition to the brown pelican, the NWRA works to permanently protect important wildlife habitat for many Gulf Coast species including seabirds and sea turtles through the acquisition and conservation easements.  NWRA also builds relationships and networks of volunteers as well as key influencers to advocate for wildlife conservation.

This giving program is particularly relevant as oil spill recovery efforts in the gulf will continue far into the future.  In celebrating the first anniversary of the Early Bird Check-In product we decided that an investment in our communities was the best gift to both our Employees and our Customers.


Southwest Airlines is proud to support an organization that works hard to conserve our country’s precious wildlife. For more information about the EarlyBird Check-In giving program, visit . To learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge Association, visit
Explorer C
You guys are so cool. Thank you for this!
Explorer C

Thank you so much SWA!!!!