Is last week’s oil spill near Galveston, Texas bad for birds? As the guys on SportsCenter say, it’s not good, according to conservationists and wildlife officials, since spring migration is just heating up.
Many birds flying toward their nesting sites pass over where the spill occurred (on World Water Day, ironically). If they rest or feed in the affected area, they’re at risk for contamination. That goes for resident birds, too. (Oiled Laughing Gull photograph above by Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)
What can you do to help? The ABA offers its POV, based on lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon disaster almost four years ago.
And to learn more about how oiled birds are cared for and rehabilitated, check out the comprehensive resources at International Bird Rescue, including their poignant look back at the Exxon Valdez spill 25 years ago this week.