SPECIAL NEWS SECTION
page is a compilation of news stories accumulated through
Google Alerts of the British Petroleum so far unrestrained
gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. It focuses on the Gulf environment,
especially the Louisiana State Bird, the Brown Pelican
with updates on pelicans and other seabirds/marine life
affected by this disaster.
Barack Obama, 3/31/2010, on drilling in
the Gulf: YouTube - support
Tracking the spilling
oil: http://nyti.ms/anMcRY and
bracing for impact, http://tinyurl.com/2audddf
; Where oil has make landfall: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/27/us/20100527-oil-landfall.html ;
Relative sizes of "spills," graphic, June 8.
Detroit Free Press gallery, May 1. 5/12: Video of the
gushing oil/gas: http://tinyurl.com/2cbt8lt ;
to follow via the New Orleans Times Picayune: http://www.nola.com/t-p/
and, specifically, the Gulf oil "spill": http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/
5/27 — ABC News video Under the
Water, with Phillippe Cousteau: http://tinyurl.com/3xa88m
6/11 — Visualizing the oil disaster: map
To help: The IBRRC has
been inundated with questions about how people can help.
While those responsible for this spill are supposed to
be covering the cost of the Gulf clean-up, you can support
the ongoing work of the non-profit organizations currently
on the ground preparing to respond to oiled wildlife. You
can support International
Bird Rescue's ongoing rescue work by donating, becoming
a member or adopting a bird, all available online here.
UPDATE: apparently IBRRC has pulled out
of the main rescue/cleanup station: link It's
concentration remains on washing birds.
Please also consider donating to Tri-State
Bird Rescue & Research with whom IBRRC is partnering
in this ongoing effort on the Gulf Coast. (Tri-State
this winter undertook the very expensive rescue operation
of frost-bitten pelicans noted below in the Pelican
section on Maryland pelicans; IBRRC also has had the
heavy costs of this past winter's California Brown Pelican
the most comprehensive coverage of this ecological disaster
that affects man and beast and bird, watch Anderson
Cooper on CNN: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/
Dead Wildife Tally, BP oil disaster, not counting
the fish and all they feed on
June 1 -> 15
IBRRC: Bird Care
in Numbers (link)
LATimes Gallery of
photos, June 5
"The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico finally
has a face.
AC360° — Cleaning Birds from the Gulf (video)
Or, rather, faces — at once primordially familiar
and yet utterly strange under their new bronze patinas.
As close-up photographs begin to appear that document the
insult and injury done to coastal wildlife by the Deepwater
Horizon leak, public pressure on the Obama administration
and BP to stop the leak — stoked by an emotional
response to such troubling images — will surely grow.
These are the faces that government officials and oil
executives may see in their nightmares. ..." http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/04/assignment-35/?hp
IS IT ENOUGH?
Fisheries biologists with
the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service search for oiled Brown
Pelicans in the Gulf. Credit: Kim Betton, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, Office of Public Affairs
What We Are Doing
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has sent hundreds of
personnel into the Gulf of Mexico region to respond to
the BP Oil Spill. We are working with BP and many partners
to do everything we can to minimize the impact of the
oil spill on fish, wildlife and habitat.
Our people are preparing for potential oil impact at 36
wildlife refuges that line the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama and Florida. We are conducting aerial and ground
surveys to assess the damage, and recovering oiled or injured
wildlife to be cleaned, healed and released in safe locations.
Refuges at Risk
There are 36
National Wildlife Refuges at risk from the BP Oil Spill. These precious national resources are home
to dozens of threatened and endangered species, including
West Indian manatees, whooping cranes, Mississippi sandhill
cranes, wood storks and four species of sea turtles.
Although so far oiled wildlife recovered has been minimal,
we expect the number to increase.
From the US Fish and Wildlife
Service, posted here 6/24.
The Road Ahead for the Gulf Coast
Kandy Stroud, President, Stroud Communications
Posted: June 24, 2010 04:54 PM
Heart wrenching pictures of oil-coated crabs and poisoned
pelicans, black tar balls washing up on white sugar sands
and endless live shots of the underwater geyser spewing
millions of gallons of toxic plumes into the ocean have
fixated our collective attention on the current misery
in the Gulf but not the future. Those
pictures and non-stop interviews with PR savvy spokesmen
have tugged at our emotions but shifted the focus away
from possibly permanent effects that lie in the road ahead. Some of the pain has been mitigated
momentarily by BP promising to "make things right" as
they hawk their $20 billion fund designed not just to help
pay off but also to silence locals whose lives have been
destroyed. All the while, each of their hat tricks has
failed to stop the devastation; plumes the size of underwater
states are eradicating sea life and the spill crawls inexorably
up the East Coast.
Meanwhile the molasses-slow
attempts of the White House to mollify worried Americans with useless photo-ops of
the president scooping up tarred sand or lambasting no
one in particular with tough guy crude remarks about kicking
someone's behind or pontificating from the Oval Office
have only temporarily blotted out the unfolding ecological
disaster and helped to blur a clear vision of the fate
that lies ahead for the citizens of the coast and possibly
for the entire country. The truth might be too painful.
...Now the oil is killing the coral reefs ...
...And then there are the grasses. ...
And then there's the Corexit. BP has poured 185,000 gallons
of dispersant onto the out-of-control wellhead (plus 800,000
on the surface) ...
A longer term problem is the health of the men and women
who are trying to clean up the mess. ...
There is also the cost of the moratorium on off shore
So it's not a question of can the oceans can take any
more. The ocean can't take any more. They couldn't take
any more fifty years ago."
Is it any wonder no one is talking about the future?
BP Is Pursuing Alaska Drilling That Some
By IAN URBINA
Published: June 23, 2010 — ... But about three miles off
the coast of Alaska, BP is moving ahead with a controversial
and potentially record-setting project to drill two miles
under the sea and then six to eight miles horizontally
to reach what is believed to be a 100-million-barrel reservoir
of oil under federal waters.
The project has already received its state and federal
environmental permits, but BP has yet to file its final
application to federal regulators to begin drilling, which
it expects to start in the fall.
Some scientists and environmentalists say that other factors
have helped keep the project moving forward.
Rather than conducting their own independent analysis,
federal regulators, in a break from usual practice, allowed
BP in 2007 to write its own environmental review for the
project as well as its own consultation documents relating
to the Endangered Species Act, according to two scientists
from the Alaska office of the federal Mineral Management
Service that oversees drilling.
The environmental assessment was taken away from the agency’s
unit that typically handles such reviews, and put in the
hands of a different division that was more pro-drilling,
said the scientists, who discussed the process because
they remained opposed to how it was handled.
“The whole process for approving Liberty was bizarre,” one
of the federal scientists said.
The scientists and other critics say they are worried
about a replay of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico because
the Liberty project involves a method of drilling called
extended reach that experts say is more prone to the types
of gas kicks that triggered the explosion on the Deepwater
“It makes no sense,” said Rebecca Noblin,
the Alaska director for the Center for Biological Diversity,
an environmental watchdog group. “BP pushes the envelope
in the gulf and ends up causing the moratorium. And now
in the Arctic they are forging ahead again with untested
technology, and as a result they’re the only ones
left being allowed to drill there.”
BP has defended the project in its proposal, saying it
is safe and environmentally friendly. It declined to respond
to requests for further comment.
If approved, the Liberty will be the longest horizontal
well of its kind in the world. BP’s production plan
for the Liberty notes that drilling studies only support
horizontal wells up to 8.33 miles. Any horizontal wells
longer than that, the plan says, “have not been studied.”
have faulted BP for not being prepared to handle a spill
at a similar, though less ambitious project, known as
the Northstar field. That project involves vertical
drilling and sits on an artificial island six miles northwest
of Prudhoe Bay in the Beaufort Sea. :::snip:::
Pelicans rehabbed from oil spill released in Texas
(AP) – ROCKPORT, Texas — More than five dozen
brown pelicans rehabilitated after being contaminated by
the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been released
The 62 pelicans arrived on Coast Guard cargo planes on
Wednesday and were taken to the Aransas National Wildlife
Refuge, which is about 175 miles south of Houston. The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other groups released
the pelicans and one Northern Gannet, another seabird.
Wednesday's release was the largest to date since the
offshore oil rig exploded on April 20, triggering the massive
U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Nancy Brown says the
refuge was chosen because it has the coastal habitat the
pelicans need and was already home to a population of brown
© 2010 The Associated Press. (photos) http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hYNTDOsq4yhSsd7JQjC_7qPLQ2SQD9GH71680
Spectacle of oil-soaked pelicans can motivate
Honolulu Star Advertiser by Susan Scott
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2010 — Pictures
of oil-soaked pelicans are everywhere these days, and if
seeing those suffering, bedraggled birds coming ashore
from the Gulf of Mexico isn't heartbreaking enough, we
now hear that washing them may be a waste of time and money.
Few birds, some sources say, survive the stress.
That certainly was the thinking in 1997. In January of
that year, I wrote in this column about two new studies
showing poor survival rates of oiled seabirds that had
been cleaned, fed, rested and released. Only about 10 percent
of pelicans could be found later, and even fewer of the
smaller seabirds survived.
In the 13 years following, though, we've had more oil
spills and more chances to study washed birds. As veterinarians
and biologists gained knowledge, results got better. After
a spill in South Africa in 2000, the survival rate for
rehabilitated penguins and gannets (seabirds similar to
our booby birds) was about 80 percent.
In North American studies, cleaned western gulls did as
well as nonoiled western gulls, and washed snowy plovers
had a high rate of breeding success. As for brown pelicans:
Their post-washing recovery rate has been an encouraging
50 to 80 percent.
You can help the Gulf's birds by supporting the International
Bird Rescue and Research Center, www.ibrrc.org. The site
offers up-to-date information on rescue efforts, and shows
encouraging before-and-after pictures.
Susan Scott can be reached at www.susanscott.net.
If Rahm quits, what will become of the 'West Wing' White
By Alexandra Petri
June 21, 2010—
...Now look at this mess.
Oil continues to spill into the gulf, generating huge
volumes of oil-related coverage and reproachful-looking
pelicans, the dramatic underwater-claw solution failed,
and President Obama is wandering around looking for an "ass
to kick" between bouts of golf. This is not what President
Bartlet would have done. He would have spoken reasonably
to the oil and persuaded it to go back into the earth,
leaving only an apologetic note and some blueprints for
efficient windmills. Thus curing the energy crisis, he
would have walked back to shore on the water while trumpets
blared. This is what we have come to expect, and the Obama
administration is not delivering. :::snip:::
Oil Leak Update:BP Is Burning Oil And Turtles
New Orleans : LA : USA | Jun 21, 2010
Day 63 of the oil leak disaster in the Gulf and some disturbing
news, of course about BP. Because BP has not prepared with
enough tankers, they are burning off excess oil on the
surface of the water. The problem that is developing is
that some endangered turtles are being cooked alive. Add
to that the high temperatures are also cooking to death
the oil soaked brown pelicans , which were just removed
from the endangered list. BP seems to be on a path to make
both the turtles and brown pelicans extinct. :::snip:::
BP has said in an internal document that 100,000 barrels
of oil could leak in the Gulf per day if the blowout preventer
and wellhead were removed. BP says it probably is leaking
60,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf per day. This however
was a document from Mid-May when BP was claiming that 1,000
barrels of oil were leaking per day.
State Senators and TV personality Sarah Palin are calling
for a Day of Prayer to ask God to stop the oil leak, since
BP does not seem capable of doing so. It would be nice,
but I think that God helps those who help themselves. Besides,
God did not cause this, BP did. And....it should be noted
that not one walrus has died. The polar bears so far are
ok too. But, BP has big plans in the Arctic Region to drill
where we have never drilled before. So far, The Obama Administration
has not made a move to stop it.
BP ‘burning sea turtles alive’
Published on 06-20-2010
Source: Raw Story
A rare and endangered species of sea turtle is being burned
alive in BP's controlled burns of the oil swirling around
the Gulf of Mexico, and a boat captain tasked with saving
them says the company has blocked rescue efforts.
Mike Ellis, a boat captain involved in a three-week effort
to rescue as many sea turtles from unfolding disaster as
possible, says BP effectively shut down the operation by
preventing boats from coming out to rescue the turtles.
"They ran us out of there and then they shut us down,
they would not let us get back in there," Ellis said
in an interview with conservation biologist Catherine Craig.
Part of BP's efforts to contain the oil spill are controlled
burns. Fire-resistant booms are used to corral an area
of oil, then the area within the boom is lit on fire, burning
off the oil and whatever marine life may have been inside.
"Once the turtles get in there they can't get out," Ellis
Dr. Brian Stacey of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration told NPR last week that, although there
are five different species of sea turtle in the Gulf of
Mexico, the majority of the ones found affected by the
oil spill are Kemp's Ridleys, "the rarest of them
Ellis confirmed that he's mostly been seeing Kemp's Ridleys.
On Burning Sea Turtles Alive
— By Jen Phillips| Fri Jun. 18, 2010 4:03 PM PDT
Audubon's Burnette said the baby turtles being rehabed
by her organization are "doing great, and we can take
more." Likely, Audubon will take in more turtles...
once the temporary suspension of rescue efforts has been
lifted. UC Davis's Dr. Mike Ziccardi announced that turtle
rescues in the Gulf have been suspended for a few days
so that crews can rest up, boats can be re-supplied, and
rescue teams can "more fully develop a comprehensive
plan which will have greater results as this spill continues
to unfold." Dr. Pincetich is waiting impatiently for
the suspension to be lifted. "There are a dozen turtle
rehab organizations waiting to get in sea mode," he
says. "They've got donations, a laundry list of helpers,
so why are we waiting? We can help."
A Texas transfer for oiled pelicans
38 brown pelicans - rescued from the oil spill - gladdened
their rescuers as they quickly took to their new home
By LYNN BREZOSKY, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
June 20, 2010, 11:12PM
ARANSAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE — Tentative wing-flapping
led to graceful soaring and convivial preening Sunday as
38 brown pelicans rescued from the worst oil mess in U.S.
history explored new digs in the blue-green waters of San
"They're Texas birds right now," said Dan Alonso,
project leader for the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Complex and host for the largest release to date of birds
rehabilitated from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the
first in Texas.
It had been a long morning for the pelicans, which - along
with a single tern - made two long road trips and a two-hour
flight in the belly of a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 transport
plane cramped up in dog carriers. :::snip:::
Social by nature
Aransas is already home to brown pelicans, and is one
of 10 sites in Texas being considered for relocations of
what biologists call the "pelican oil spill." Pelicans
so far dominate the list of birds collected in the past
two months in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana, which numbered
665 alive and 212 dead as of late last week.
Pelicans are social by nature, and the oil seeped their
way as they gathered to nest. About 200 more pulled from
muck in Alabama and Louisiana are reaching the stage where
they can be released into the wild, and officials anticipating
an eastward spread of the oil are looking west. :::snip:::
From Marsh Grass to Manatees: The Next Wave of Life Endangered
by BP’s Oil
...The Little Guys
Large animals produce devastating pictures during a disaster
like the BP oil spill. But those large creatures rely on
something far less visible to us—the small creatures
and plants at the bottom of the food chain—and those
might be the most vulnerable of all to the oil, according
to ecologist John Caruso.
In particular, the cord and Spartina grasses that grow
on the coast of Louisiana are crucial to the ecosystem
and especially sensitive to the oil leak, Caruso said.
These grasses form the foundation of the local food chain,
and their root systems lessen the erosion of the small
islands that protect inland Louisiana from hurricanes,
Caruso said. :::snip:::
If you want more fuel for anger, check out the lengthy
investigation in yesterday’s New York Times about
what BP, its contractors, and the government knew about
the weakness of the blowout preventer and other failed
...An examination by The New York Times highlights the
chasm between the oil industry’s assertions about
the reliability of its blowout preventers and a more complex
reality. It reveals that the federal agency charged with
regulating offshore drilling, the Minerals Management Service,
repeatedly declined to act on advice from its own experts
on how it could minimize the risk of a blind shear ram
It also shows that the Obama administration failed to
grapple with either the well-known weaknesses of blowout
preventers or the sufficiency of the nation’s drilling
regulations even as it made plans this spring to expand
offshore oil exploration.
“What happened to all the stakeholders — Congress,
environmental groups, industry, the government — all
stakeholders involved were lulled into a sense of what
has turned out to be false security,” David J. Hayes,
the deputy interior secretary, said in an interview. :::snip:::
Monitoring the Manatee for Oil Ills
By JOHN LELAND
Published: June 20, 2010
APALACHICOLA, Fla. — To the people who know her
best, Bama is a skittish creature: smart, a good traveler,
does not mix much with her peers. On a recent afternoon,
Allen Aven watched her from an anchored pontoon boat, counting
the time between her breaths. ...
Mr. Aven is part of a team of researchers from the Dauphin
Island Sea Lab in Alabama who are monitoring Bama and other
manatees — massive aquatic mammals that are on the
list of endangered species — for signs that they
are being affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Aven and Nicole Taylor gathered water samples and recorded
that Bama appeared to be eating regularly — she weighs
in at around 1,200 pounds — and was not discolored,
a sign of infection.
Until recently, biologists believed that manatees rarely
ventured west of peninsular Florida, where, so far, no
oil has appeared. But in 2007, Ruth Carmichael, who leads
the Dauphin Island team, began documenting a relatively
large summer migration of manatees to Mobile Bay, Ala. — leading
them directly into and through the path of the oil from
the Deepwater Horizon leak. From a couple of dozen to as
many as 100 come to Mobile Bay for the summer, out of a
total North American population of 5,000, she said. :::snip:::
And Dolphins: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10346092.stm
The importance of saving oil covered birds
by Alicia M Prater PhD
Newsweek asked the question “should we clean oiled
animals?” in early June 2010. The premise is that
it may be more humane to put the oil covered creatures
out of their misery than to torture them with the stress
of capture and soap scrubs when their futures are so uncertain
anyway – they have lost their habitats, their nests,
and possibly their health. However, saving the animals
that can be cleaned is an important step in limiting the
already widespread devastation caused by an oil spill,
particularly for endangered species and those with limited
In the first 8 weeks of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 800 birds and 350
turtles were counted as dead, 400 of which were Brown Pelicans.
This is a far cry from the immense scope of death experienced
after the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in the 1980s, when
a quarter of a million birds were reported to have died,
but marine biologists seem certain that the number of actual
dead in the Gulf during that time was much higher. Oiled
birds were seen to exhibit odd behavior, retreating into
the marshes, probably to die and sink.
The Brown Pelican, this small species of pelican, the
only one to swoop into the water for fish, was a success
story for species surviving from the brink of extinction,
but it has become a symbol of the damage inflicted by the
2010 Gulf spill. :::snip:::
A truly beautiful and important piece:
Audubon Oil Spill Response Team Update: Status of bird
By Melanie Driscoll
I have heard many concerns and rumors about the field
rescue of birds, and want to give some of my own perspective
on it. I was out in Barataria Bay, which had received very
heavy oiling a week previously, on Saturday, June 11. I
went with a field rescue team from the Louisiana Department
of Wildlife and Fisheries.
We went out to several islands and slowly circumnavigated
each, searching through the visible birds with binoculars
from outside the boom placed to protect the islands. We
went to some small, grassy islands with nesting Forster’s
Terns, Laughing Gulls, and Tricolored Herons. We also went
to an island that is completely covered in mangroves, full
of Brown Pelicans, Great Egrets, and a few Roseate Spoonbills,
Reddish Egrets, and Black-crowned Night-Herons. And we
visited Queen Bess Island, one of the most important Brown
Pelican rookeries, also full of Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns,
spoonbills, Great and Snowy Egrets, and Tricolored Herons.
We visited several of the islands three times that day,
and saw how conditions differ between low and high tide,
and how much can change between visits.
My greatest source of concern for something that can be
managed was the inappropriate management of boom. :::snip:::
The self-protective escape of chicks would put many more
clean young into the oil, the very threat from which we
threatening humans are trying to rescue them. How many
must be oiled before it is worth risking the rest of the
...The very features, both of birds and of their habitats,
that normally protect them from threats, now put them more
at risk by helping the birds evade their would-be rescuers.
I am sorry that I cannot right this
wrong. These decisions
are the decisions no one should have to make. Do we sacrifice
individuals to help protect the health of the species?
Do we abandon oiled young so that some unoiled young may
have more days to grow up and hopefully fledge? Humans
play this waiting game, often helpless observers, occasionally
heroic rescuers, knowing that these are the decisions they
cannot make well. We must all live with those decisions,
those images burned into our minds. We must witness the
suffering of the individuals, knowing that even the best
decisions may not prevent more suffering of the species.
I want to tell you that we can fix
it – the
field rescue teams, the volunteer facilitators, the land
transport teams, the vets, the vet techs, the paraprofessionals.
I wish I could tell you that we can do this, and do it
well. But we can only do it as well as humans can, without
perfect insight, without an ability to change disaster
or biology, without the advantage of foreknowledge or hindsight. The
only way to fix this is to put the protections in place
to ensure that it never happens again. And right now, for
many of us, and for many birds, that is not enough.
link to the All Things Considered audio: Conservationist:
Rescuing Birds Puts Many At Risk: <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127937267>
Gulf Oil Full Of Methane, Adding New Concerns
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
(with AP pictures of oil seen in the deep recesses of
marshland in the northern reaches of Barataria Bay, La.,
Thursday, June 17, 2010.)
NEW ORLEANS June 18, 2010, 10:23 am ET
It is an overlooked danger in the oil spill crisis: The
crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of
natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf
of Mexico's fragile ecosystem.
The scientists found that some parts of the plume had
oxygen concentrations just shy of the level that tips ocean
waters into the category of "dead zone" — a
region uninhabitable to fish, crabs, shrimp and other marine
Kessler has encountered similar findings.
Since he began his on-site research on Saturday, he said
he has already found oxygen depletions of between 2 percent
and 30 percent in waters 1,000 feet deep.
Shallow waters are normally more susceptible to oxygen
depletion. Because it is being found in such deep waters,
both Kessler and Joye do not know what is causing the depletion
and what the impact could be in the long- or short-term.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard signaled a shift in strategy
Friday to fight the oil, saying it was ramping up efforts
to capture the crude closer to shore.
Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen
said an estimated 2,000 private boats in the so-called "vessels of opportunity" program
will be more closely linked through a tighter command and
control structure to direct them to locations less than
50 miles offshore to skim the oil. Allen, the point man
for the federal response to the spill, previously had said
surface containment efforts would be concentrated much
How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions
by Terrence Aym
Disturbing evidence is mounting that something frightening
is happening deep under the waters of the Gulf of Mexico—something
far worse than the BP oil gusher.
Warnings were raised as long as a year before the Deepwater
Horizon disaster that the area of seabed chosen by the
BP geologists might be unstable, or worse, inherently dangerous.
What makes the location that Transocean chose potentially
far riskier than other potential oil deposits located at
other regions of the Gulf? It can be summed up with two
words: methane gas. :::anip:::
The effect of the oil spill on Louisiana's State Bird,
the brown pelican
June 17, 9:15 AMNew Orleans Headlines ExaminerKaren Gros
... With the beaches and marshes now invaded by globs
of oil, the pelicans, now in the middle of their nesting
season, are doomed.
Pictures are shown
on local television stations daily of rescue missions of brown pelicans, other sea birds,
turtles, and dolphins which have washed ashore covered
in oil either covered in oil or dead. It is very sad to
see those poor birds with feathers soaked in oil, or worse
dead. The oil coating weighs the birds down to where many
can't fly or hunt for food and they just lie there until
their last breath.
Fort Jackson has seen the most oiled birds brought in.
To date they have received 470 live birds at the rescue
station and approximately 400 dead birds. Other rescue
stations in Louisiana have only collected about 30 live
At this time we can only hope that the brown pelican population
won't be wiped out by this oil spill. The brown pelicans
were just removed from the Endangered Species List last
November. The progress made toward that effort has now
been wiped out by millions of gallons of oil invading the
Gulf of Mexico.
http://www.examiner.com/ — http://tinyurl.com/363u2y7
Greenpeace: Will Gulf Spill 'Endanger' Brown Pelican
AssociatedPress — June 16, 2010 — Greenpeace
says officials haven't even scratched the surface on the
number of animal deaths caused by the Gulf oil spill. One
marine biologist tells the AP so many brown pelicans have
died the bird may go back on to the endangered species
Don't Just Watch the Disaster in the Gulf Unfold, Do Something
by Sarah Hodgdon, Sierra Club on 06.17.10
oiled pelican by julie dermansky photo
A Brown Pelican covered in oil floats in the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo by Julie Dermansky.
If you're like me, you might be getting tired of seeing
all the terrible images of the BP oil disaster and not
being able to do anything about it.
Well the Sierra Club's got something for you: How about
getting your friends and family together to watch our new
DVD on the oil spill and discuss how to end our country's
We are partnering with Brave New Films and award-winning
filmmaker Robert Greenwald—producer of Outfoxed and
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price—to produce a
short documentary about the true effects that the BP oil
disaster is having on the Gulf Coast, and why we need to
end our addiction to oil.
For more info: treehugger.com – http://tinyurl.com/37apgxn
Movin' on with Nellie: Just plug the sticky black oil
BY: Nelda Curtiss
Posted: Wednesday, Jun 16th, 2010 — Audubon members numbering
22,000 volunteer to assist with wild bird clean up along
the coast, says their website at http://www.audubon.org/campaign/advisory/advisory1006.html
But last night CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported that
the state of Louisiana and British Petroleum (BP) were
keeping them out. Devastating looks at the brown pelican
habitat on the same 360 news show revealed how workers
had stomped through the nesting area of the endangered
pelican and killed hatchlings, parent pelicans and crushed
For those very reasons, we need to have trained volunteers
from the Audubon deployed there as well.
Thankfully the Audubon has deployed their 22,000
volunteers elsewhere along the Gulf. On their website,
I learned that volunteers are screened for special skills
and they “identify
and mark fragile coastal areas to protect habitats and
nesting areas from damage as clean-up operations.”
Quite frankly, this operation is the most critical in
our history as a nation. The Audubon still needs volunteers.
The volunteers staff the coordinating center and help to
schedule pick-ups and other responses. Some volunteers
survey the coast for all species of birds and document
by photographing and videotaping the birds. Some volunteers
transport oiled birds to the cleanup facilities.
Still other volunteers work in the capture of oiled and
wounded birds by making nets, and cages to help trained
rescuers. There’s even a Citizen Science Monitoring
group of volunteers that collect digital images or videos
of nesting areas, habitat and other sightings of birds-these
photographic images then in turn help the scientists to
analyze how the oil catastrophe is impacting the birds’ habitats.
Another set of Audubon volunteers staff bird hotlines
by responding to questions of handling, sightings and species
The Audubon has invited you to be part of their next web
cast: “If you want to hear the latest on Audubon’s
response to the oil spill, join [the] next webcast [at http://register.webcastgroup.com/l3/?wid=0650623105251 ] on June 23, 1:30 PM Eastern Time/10:30 AM Pacific Time.”
What's Really Happening In Grand Isle Louisiana - You
Won't Believe This!!!
Oil Spill Forces Animals To Flee To Shallow Water Off
Coast, Scientists Warn Of 'Mass Die-Off'
JAY REEVES, JOHN FLESHER and TAMARA LUSH | 06/16/10 11:44
PM | AP
June 17, 2010 — GULF SHORES, Ala. — Dolphins
and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water
just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small
fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds
covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to
be seen again.
Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster
are seeing some strange phenomena.
Fish and other wildlife seem to be fleeing the oil out
in the Gulf and clustering in cleaner waters along the
coast in a trend that some researchers see as a potentially
The animals' presence close to shore means their usual
habitat is badly polluted, and the crowding could result
in mass die-offs as fish run out of oxygen. Also, the animals
could easily be devoured by predators.
"A parallel would be: Why are the wildlife running
to the edge of a forest on fire? There will be a lot of
fish, sharks, turtles trying to get out of this water they
detect is not suitable," said Larry Crowder, a Duke
University marine biologist.
The nearly two-month-old spill has created an environmental
catastrophe unparalleled in U.S. history as tens of millions
of gallons of oil have spewed into the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.
Scientists are seeing some unusual things as they try to
understand the effects on thousands of species of marine
Day by day, scientists in boats
tally up dead birds, sea turtles and other animals, but
the toll is surprisingly small given the size of the
disaster. The latest figures show that 783 birds, 353
turtles and 41 mammals have died – numbers
that pale in comparison to what happened after the Exxon
Valdez disaster in Alaska in 1989, when 250,000 birds and
2,800 otters are believed to have died.
Researchers say there are several
reasons for the relatively small death toll: The vast
nature of the spill means scientists are able to locate
only a small fraction of the dead animals. Many will never be found after sinking to the bottom of
the sea or getting scavenged by other marine life. And
large numbers of birds are meeting their deaths deep in
the Louisiana marshes where they seek refuge from the onslaught
"That is their understanding of how to protect themselves," said
Doug Zimmer, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation communications
Posted: June 16, 2010 12:28 PM
Gulf Wildlife Hotline Hilarity: "What's the Nearest
Major Intersection?" (VIDEO)
National Wildlife Federation staffers called the Deepwater
Horizon Response hotline yesterday to report oiled wildlife.
Neither came away hopeful at getting much of a response.
The call center is located more than 400 miles away from
the spill site in Houston, TX -- not coincidentally, where
BP America is headquartered. The operator's distance from
the disaster & seeming unfamiliarity with it made relating
the incidents nearly impossible.
Here's the first story from one National Wildlife Federation
Hotline Operator: "Deepwater Horizon Response"
NWF: "Hi, I'm out in Barataria Bay, and I'm calling
to report an oiled brown pelican that we found."
Hotline: (pause) "This is the Deepwater Horizon Response
NWF: "Yes, this is the oiled wildlife hotline number
given on the website? I'm calling to report oiled wildlife."
Hotline: "What?" :::snip:::
for the rest of the transcript: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/miles-grant/gulf-wildlife-hotline-hil_b_614377.html
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