Millions Of Migrating Birds Headed Toward Gulf Oil Spill Mess

Although the BP oil spill disaster is taking its toll on thousands of human Gulf Coast residents, it’s the non-human residents that are taking the brunt of the impact.

Images of oil-soaked brown pelicans, dead dolphins, and endangered sea turtles continually remind us that innocent wildlife will suffer the most severe consequences of the oil that continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexio an astounding 10+ weeks after the Deepwater Horizon exploded.

Thanks to the hard work of conservation scientists and volunteers from around the world, experts say the toll on sea birds from BP’s Gulf Coast oil spill is smaller than was anticipated. At least for now.

Scientists predict that shifting weather and sea conditions will soon create a dangerous situation in which sea birds, simply following their instinctual behavior patterns, will fly right into the deadly oil spill mess.

In the coming weeks, millions of waterfowl and other birds that flock to the Gulf Coast on their annual fall migration will arrive in the region either to roost for the winter or to make brief stopovers en route farther south.

With toxic crude still gushing from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico and streaks of the slick creeping inexorably farther inland, many more birds and other wildlife that nest, feed and find shelter on shore are likely to become casualties. (MSNBC).

Officials are scrambling to prevent thousands of avian fatalities from adding to the environmental devastation in the Gulf. So far wildlife experts are working to minimze risk by using containment boomts to cordon off rookeries, asking local farmers to flood their fields so they can be used as temporary bird-friendly wetlands, and issuing new duck hunting restrictions.

Jay Holcomb, head of the International Bird Rescue Research Center told MSNBC that authorities may even be forced to capture baby pelicans to move them out of harm’s way. A similar evacuation procedure is already underway to save endangered sea turtle eggs.


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Wardono S.
Wardono Saleh7 years ago

It was and is terrible to see the effects of the spill. But how come that Time magazine in its recent number reports amazing development of the area affected by the spill that positively much better then it was expected. Thickets has developed where pelicans and other migrating birds have nested and bear chiks? This is also amazing. Much care should be taken to keep this development undisturbed.

Roger R.
Past Member 8 years ago

Check out this site and PDF doc from our Gov't on the 2009 kill list.....what next? ....and we pay for this with our tax dollars?

Forrest T.
Forrest T.8 years ago

BP is such a joke… they should all be arrested along with the US govt. How long ago did they cap the leak? And how many legitimate claims are still “pending” from damages they suffered back in the beginning of the summer? I happen to know three people that were affected directly by BP’s shady PR tactics and manipulation of our laws, one of whom was a journalist who was almost arrested and charged with felonies for taking pictures of oil covered animals near the coast. Not only is it bad enough that thousands of fishers’ lively hoods are ruined for god knows how many years to come, they were paid a pathetic amount of money to clean up BP’s own mess. To add even more insult to injury, BP used Corexit 9527, which contains mainly 2-butoxyethanol, which is very toxic. You wouldn’t have to be a scientist to know that, since in the first week of using it over 70 fisherman ended up at the hospital. Of course if you even inquired about this, I’m sure the govt (which is pretty much owned by oil companies) would deal with you quite quickly, let alone taking pictures of it in an attempt to run a story on it. If you didn’t know already, the govt is doing what they do best… crapping on the 1st amendment: My friend who almost got arrested on felony char

Kamakshi R.

Thanks for the article.

Bonnie S.
Bonnie S8 years ago

The Gulf oil disaster is like a horror movie. I sit and watch as the marine life and wildlife are dying, seeing the confusion in their eyes as to WHY their world has been turned putrid by this horrible manmade goo.

I see the pelicans with their newly hatched babies, and they try and try to clean themselves and their offspring and can't. I can almost hear the horror movie music playing in the background, as I know what's coming and I'm helpless to stop it, and then I'm screaming from the fright of what is yet to come and crying from the knowledge that the oil is not going to stop for a very long time. I find myself yelling at my computer screen, begging for this to end, begging the birds and wildlife and marine life to get out of there.

Now the unknowing migrating birds are on their way, oblivious to what awaits them, and that horror movie music plays again in my head, and again I'm screaming out loud to tell them DON'T GO THERE, find somewhere else, anywhere else but there. BP continues to try to hide the reality of what they've done by banishing everyone from coming near where the sickening truth is located.

I beat myself up for contributing to this by having to buy gas to get where I need to go, hating every part of it and helpless to change it any time soon. Human greed is costing countless lives and I'm ashamed of all humans for not working harder to find alternatives to disgusting oil.

Thanks for this article.

Neil K.
Neil K.8 years ago

Pammy P.... I have FOUR THINGS to say about your comments - YES...YES....YES.... and YES!!!

Neil K.
Neil K.8 years ago

To James M....The "grownups" are NOT handling the Real World, they are DESTROYING it. Terms of Ridicule are used when you don't have Rational Arguments based on FACTS. I didn't say Obama is a Communist, I said he is an agent of the British Imperial Monetary System - London and Wall St. If you don't understand this, it's because you haven't studied the situation. So you resort to childish Ridicule. People are waking up and are seeing thru this. If you like "foil hats" put one on yourself, and sit in the corner, hopefully with a good book from which you might learn something useful.Ridicule is not something that will deter a Seeker of Truth...though the Powers that be are desperately hoping it will. As they see it doesn't they resort to ever more brutal suppression along with other methods of Mind Control. Apparently it's been working quite successfully with you. I wish you the best of luck in sorting this out. "There is No Religion Higher Than Truth."

Pammy P.
Pammy P.8 years ago

In all honesty...this is heartbreaking and I had to do some serious crying,and praying before I could even post.
If this spill isn't TERRORISM I don't don't know what is?
Corexit Chemical Weapon
Oil Biological Weapon,and eco terrorism,financial terrorism,in profits,and the destruction of innocent animals and peoples livelihoods.
The media blackouts and protection of the culprits whether this is intentional or just a witto boo boo the result is the same.
A corporate media identified boogeyman with a turban could never create this much terror and horror.
Shame on us for allowing these monsters to destroy our planet.Especially the biggest "Green"poseur of them all BP. You have to call terrorism terrorism when you see it.
Intentional or not.

Pammy P.
Pammy P.8 years ago

You conspiracy nuts are going to make Haliburton and BP look bad! They are more important than the birds!
They have a mercenary or a moonlighting state cop security guard to shut your mouth. Who needs birds when you have money ! Lotsa lotsa money and armed goons? You useless eaters will stop consuming and like it.
Prince Charles recently made a scathing statement regarding the horrific consumption practices of the western economies when he was blibbering about reducing (your)population(not his)control.The party is over baby.
Your time is up.
You're next!
The birds like you whiners are global resources and they are
being reduced to make them more valuable see?
Thomas Malthus says war famine and disease are
positive factors,and eugenics are a product of the British Gaulton Institute. Monsanto is British. But it all flies under the cover of Multi National corpse-erations so it's legal eagle!
The Queen was just praising the UN which is run most of the time by terrified British Commonwealth Nations.
Did you know that the UN can't commit war crimes?
It isn't a country and is not subject to the Geneva Convention! It's as good as a Multi National irresponsible
Who do people think they are complaining about the corporations birds?
Lets just shut up and take anti-depressants and stress pills and Dance with The Stars and watch sports!
You can't have your eco system anymore.It isn't your property anymore.

Kirri N.
Colleen B8 years ago

Please watch the YouTube video explanation and facts about Halliburton, also Goldman Sachs bank, in relation to this disaster. Evidence points strongly towards the planned rupturing of the huge and highly volatile methane gas deposit at this site, in order to cause a runaway disaster. It is Adrian Salbuchi, "a geo-political economics analyst" -- The Well From Hell.