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Birds rescued from gulf oil spill released in...

Wed, 12/05/2010
The first two oiled birds found in the Gulf oil spill have been cleaned, rehabilitated, and are now ready for release today on Florida's Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, a refuge the National Audubon Society (BirdLife Partner in the US) helped establish and manage. The birds, a Northern Gannet and a Brown Pelican, will find a safer place to be at the nation's first wildlife refuge, on the Atlantic coast near Vero Beach and currently outside the oil spill trajectory.

1st oiled birds from BP spill to be released

Mon, 10/05/2010
The first two oiled birds found in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been cleaned and are now recovered and ready for release.

Oil reaches Important Bird Areas

Thu, 06/05/2010
Reports of oil reaching the Chandeleur Islands mark the initial assault of the massive Gulf Oil Spill on the first of 25 recognised Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that line the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to south Florida. Designated by Audubon (BirdLife Partner) in conjunction with BirdLife International, the sites provide essential habitats to hundreds of species. South of Gulfport, Mississippi, the Chandeleurs are breeding habitat for Sandwich and Royal Terns, plus Brown Pelicans—only recently removed from the U.S. Endangered Species list and just beginning to bounce back.

Oil Spill Answers from Expert on the Ground

Tue, 04/05/2010
Audubon’s Melanie Driscoll, director of bird conservation for the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, is in Venice to help coordinate bird rescue efforts. Driscoll set aside some time yesterday evening to talk about the challenges facing bird rescue workers, the search for volunteers, the species of greatest concern, and the beauty and rich birdlife of the region.

In Harm's Way? Least Terns in Mississippi...

Tue, 04/05/2010
Video by Audubon about Least Tern nesting sites in Mississippi which are at risk from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Wetland Birds Are Sitting Ducks As Oil Slick...

Mon, 03/05/2010
The exploded British Petroleum oil well pumping daily an estimated 210,000 gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico is still hemorrhaging today as wildlife officials, politicians, and oil industry executives are clambering to triage and treat the crisis.

Important Bird Areas at Risk from the Gulf Oil...

Sat, 01/05/2010
Many Important Bird Areas designated by Audubon (BirdLife Partner in the US) and its partners for their essential habitat value to bird species lie within potentially affected areas. Read the full list here.

Birds at risk from the Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 29/04/2010
See a list of bird species most at risk from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Are birds the next victims of Gulf oil spill?

Thu, 29/04/2010
Audubon (BirdLife Partner in the US) experts across the Gulf Coast are monitoring the spread of thousands of litres of oil that threaten to turn the recent drilling platform explosion into a growing environmental disaster.