Migrating Birds Escaped Worst of Gulf Oil Spill
A year after the Gulf oil spill, predictions of mass bird die-offs and disrupted migrations have not come true—but oil is still oozing into some bird habitats, experts say.
The timing of the disaster had especially worried scientists and bird-watchers, since it came amid the annual spring migration of tens of millions of birds through the Gulf of Mexico… In the short term, birds in Louisiana may still get oiled by tar balls that are still washing up on beaches and oozing in marsh grasses.
Melanie Driscoll, Gulf Coast director of bird conservation for the National Audubon Society, said she’s “incredibly dismayed” that oil remains in areas where birds nest and feed in the ongoing breeding season. Birds can get oil on their feathers and transfer it to eggs or hatchlings, which are especially vulnerable to the oil’s toxicity…
(Read more: National Geo) (* Black Skimmers pictured in a file photo)