One Year On: Bird Life after the BP Disaster
As the anniversary of the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana approaches, scientists are still trying to determine the overall cost to bird life in the region. So far according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the official count is 8,065 live and dead birds that have been affected by the disaster. 932 pelicans are amongst this count. However, the National Audubon Society’s director of bird conservation for the gulf of Mexico, Melanie Driscoll, claims that thousands more birds are likely to have died and sunk to an unrecorded death in the deep waters or in the Louisiana bayous. The Gulf Coast is one of the most important bird habitats in the world as more than 300 species pass through each year, including many endangered species.