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Oil Sands Could Threaten Millions of Migratory Birds

Animals  (tags: ducks, tar sands, Boreal Songbird Initiative, oil sands, Alberta, extinction, mallards, piping plovers, whooping cranes, millions of birds )

- 1615 days ago -
An anonymous tip last April alerted Canadian officials to the fact that 500 ducks had mistaken an oil sands company's pollutant-filled reservoir in Alberta as a safe place to land. To the public's dismay, only three birds survived.


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Past Member (0)
Monday February 16, 2015, 3:30 pm
Awful...we know this already as do those greedy bastards who just don't give a damn. Thx Dandelion

Animae C (508)
Monday February 16, 2015, 3:32 pm
T.Y. Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Monday February 16, 2015, 4:17 pm
True. How long have we known this but nothing is done.
Thank you Dandelion

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 1:56 am
Thank you Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 3:59 pm
Have shared this.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 6:26 pm
To quantify the potential impact on migratory bird species, the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explored how many birds - currently alive or yet to be born - would be lost if all the oil sands projects proposed in Alberta came to pass. The report, discussed at a Washington, D.C., briefing on Friday, estimates a maximum death toll of 166 million birds over the next 50-60 years.

Laurie H (818)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 6:51 pm
Appreciated, Noted & Shared with Thanks So Much Sheryl!!~~

Edith B (146)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 8:40 pm
The powers that be don't care about this, they are making money and that is all that matters to them.

Millie O'Connor (155)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 8:58 pm
N & S. Thanks, Sheryl.

Terry King (113)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 9:42 pm
Greedy bastards!

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 10:34 pm
I agree with Terry

Sarah Dyson (139)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 10:35 pm
Noted and shared. How horrible.

Cheryl H (91)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 10:51 pm
Poor animals sicking . Thanks Dandelion!

Gregory Louderback (133)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 11:16 pm
These migratory birds may not be small and yellow, but they are the same as a canary in a coal mine warning us of danger.

Athena F (131)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 12:11 am

Giana P (398)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 12:23 am
Just terrible! My heart aches for them! All this pollution is destroying our planet! thanks for the post, Dandelion, and am so happy your grandson is well! Hugs!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 12:44 am
How Horrible.
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.

Ben B (18)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 1:18 am
This is absolutely disgraceful...

Sherri G (128)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 2:20 am
Noted Mankind will not be happy until all life on this planet is gone. But there are worse things than dying. It is to die slowly and painfully like these birds. Noted TY Dandelion

Peter Blattner (86)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 2:54 am
When I read and/or I see picture of such storys from extreme cruelty with animals, my hate to humanity is more and more! I know hate is not so good, but how can you have respect for a humanity, they are indifferent and increasingly and destroyed everything in our world!!!
The day on which disappear from the face of the planet Earth forever all human beasts will be a feast for the animals! We rarely stupid people have done it in almost 200 years to destroy what evolution has taken several dozen million years for it!

Sylvie A (190)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 3:32 am
Noted, ty.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 5:03 am
I am very well aware of what is going on here in Canada, and Canadians have no say at all, thanks to Harper.

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 5:09 am
Terrible,thanks Sheryl.

fahad Al fahad (140)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 5:25 am
noted Thanks Dandelion :)

Darlene W (289)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 5:54 am
Sad what is allowed to happen these days at the expense of Mother Earth and her inhabitants. Bless all who care.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 6:02 am
The animals are the ones that pay the price with their lives!

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 6:23 am
Disgusting and despicable

Gail Ring (89)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 6:55 am
just so tragic they need to be held accountable for this

Roberto Meritoni (3)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 7:24 am
Thanks Noted

David C (75)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 9:07 am
leave the poisons in the ground, we can but the wealthy that control our leaders aren't going to let us move into the future easily or safely

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 9:52 am
To get a better idea of how many birds will be lost worldwide...think of all those poison pools in the US, and any other country, that allows these contaminated cesspools to remain unlined and uncovered. Not just migratory birds are affected. Then there's the assorted wildlife who can't tell the difference, especially the young. Thanks Dandelion.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 10:31 am
80% of Fossil Fuel Reserves must be LEFT IN THE GROUND
if we are to avert Climate CATASTROPHE due to Global Warming.
NO MORE drilling, coal mining, fracking, and transporting, leaking and spilling, and BURNING and spewing into the Atmosphere. NO MORE exploration for new sources!

This should be Environmentalists' Mantra:

Penelope Ryan (178)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 12:42 pm
Hasn't BP done enough for all oil companies. WE let them...WHy do the money grubbbing right get away with destroyin the planet and people don't seem to care.

Leslie Stanick (102)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 3:49 pm
Birds and animals are tragically paying the price with their lives, but so are we. First Nations communities down stream from the Tar Sands are having extremely high rates of cancers, even in people in their 20's. I hope this economic downturn will shut the dirty tars sands down. As a Canadian, I am shocked by the Harper Government's payouts, bailouts and slashing of environmental protections so big oil can decimate Northern Alberta and inland waterways with the toxic fumes, sludge and oil leaks caused by tar sands extraction. Many animals die in the holding ponds, not just birds. Deer, fox, wolves, and many others are found there. Thanks for sharing Dandelion. I didn't realize how huge the numbers were for bird deaths.

Barb Knight (1678)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 4:24 pm
Ever since the BP Oil Spill our poor birds have been drenched in dirty oil....and don't forget about the Dawn Dish Washing lie about how Dawn washes all the oil off the seabirds....Dawn Dish Washing Liquid TESTS on animals!! We had that debacle going around for quite some time thanks to my post....back then I thought it was so wonderful.....DUH BARB!! DAWN adds misery to these animals' lives!! I've since gotten over my 'mistake' but we must stop BP from continuing to allow oil into the seabirds, and other animals' environment.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 5:08 pm
Giana, thank you for mentioning my Grandson. Yes, he is better, but I honestly wonder what my Grandson and the other children his age will have to deal with and what awful things they will confront. Will they even have much of a lifetime or a long one or will it be cut short.

I understand the feelings of anger that Peter brings up, I actually think humanity has been too polite in asking for the right thing to be done, or begging for environmental protections, and maybe that is why these Oligarchy has created the Police State we live in, knowing that at some point, when the people truly are dropping like flies from the pollution, that they'll rise up or else they know they'll perish. I wouldn't put it beyond the Oligarchy for a removal of as many people as need be to keep their destructive system going.

But I don't want to go to that, I hope we never have to go that way; but it's not looking good. I don't look kindly on humanity that has allowed this to be, but many was kept in the dark, and only now is the lid coming off for more exposure in many areas to the masses. So I still have hope that humanity will rise up in a good way to change things and improve what is happening, and we must never feel angry at the children, for the children are the innocent, we must do what we can for the children, to give them a chance.

Diane K (134)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 5:46 pm
Sad to see so many birds endangered because of the tar sands. Very sad, thanks for posting.

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 6:12 pm
Every time I see an animal socked in oil, it makes me sick.
When lunatics who destroy planet Earth, along with its inhabitants, have no concern for the future, there is no hope for these people.

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 6:43 pm
A NEW danger for birds! Damn it!
It might come to pas that humans will find themselves to be virtually the only ones on the planet with whom they can make eye contact, if the species lasts that long. That sounds like a type of hell.

S J (124)
Wednesday February 18, 2015, 8:47 pm
get the polluters pay. thanks Dandelion

P A (117)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 2:24 am
This is vile and appalling. I do not feel hatred for those responsible - but I do feel utter and complete contempt, as they are quite deliberately committing these horrors - they don't care how many human beings they make ill and to suffer horrible deaths, and they certainly don't care about other forms of life.

Dandelion's earlier comment bears repeating
"To quantify the potential impact on migratory bird species, the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explored how many birds - currently alive or yet to be born - would be lost if all the oil sands projects proposed in Alberta came to pass. The report, discussed at a Washington, D.C., briefing on Friday, estimates a maximum death toll of 166 million birds over the next 50-60 years"

HOW MANY???!!!!! that is APPALLING!!!


Danuta W (1251)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 3:06 am

Susanoffline Frudd (69)
Saturday February 21, 2015, 12:35 pm
Noted and shared, thank you Sheryl. It is a shocking thought so many birds would be lost, so much for protecting the environment. Once again the animals suffer, so sad.

Don H (45)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 6:41 am
Thank you, Dandelion.

Tar sand oil has no positive redeeming qualities.

. (0)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 9:43 am
Noted & posted

J. G (55)
Monday February 23, 2015, 12:36 am
How disgusting - noted & thanks Dandelion

Carol French (273)
Monday February 23, 2015, 8:06 pm
They should never have landed in Alberta bless their souls.
Thx Dandelion

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:51 am
Afraid for eons the birds have done what they do. Tar sands should never be in Alberta or anywhere else for that matter.

When people want to use the ole' but birds will get killed in windmills, and yes, a few will, point out this. MILLIONS of birds will be killed by this Canadian Tar Sands.

Anne F (17)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 4:06 pm
extreme Extraction is dangerous to public health and to wildlife...the Men-in-Charge need to change

Gina Caracci (219)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 7:59 pm
all life but the rich humans will be gone in the next 100 years at this rate, oh and of course the slaves that make them rich and the animals they MUST eat

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 8:36 pm
Maybe, our common Mother, the Earth, may have other plans. Clean slate....start with single cells again and a few insects to crawl around.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday April 7, 2015, 10:07 am
The tarsands are a blight on the earth, totally disgusting! And the executives that peddle this poison, contemptible! Add PM Harper to this as he stands behind opening more area to tarsands and other violations of the resources of the earth.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday April 7, 2015, 10:19 am
Unfortunately, Canada seems to have gone the way that we have gone, and everywhere is going. Governments and the Big Corporations together just chewing up the earth, polluting the air and water and not giving a damn at all except for how rich they can all get that are doing this.
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