3,634 Dead Birds Found in Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has collected 4,676 birds from the Gulf of Mexico following the recent oil spill. According to CNN, 3,634 of the collected birds were dead and of those dead birds, 1,226 were covered in oil.

From CNN:

Of the dead birds, the largest numbers are laughing gulls (1,591), followed by brown pelicans (376) and northern gannets (182). Live birds are taken to rehabilitation centers in Hammond, Louisiana; Gulfport, Mississippi; Theodore, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida.

Once the birds are stabilized, they undergo several washings, feedings, and the collection of vital health information. They stay at the rehabilitation centers until their natural body oils are replenished and they are sufficiently recovered for release, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

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One Comment on “3,634 Dead Birds Found in Gulf of Mexico”

  1. Honeydog Says:

    With this staggering amount of Dead/Injured Birds, nothing BUT the Oil Spill could be responsible. I don’t doubt we’ll continue to hear of more Air, Land and Sea Life affected by this mess as time goes on. A real Shame.

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