Endangered Sunday: BP = Brown Pelicans

Yet another threatened species put under even more threat from BP’s Mexican Gulf Oil Spill is the Brown Pelican:

A brown pelican rests on a beach in Louisiana covered with oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill off the gulf coast.

A brown pelican rests on a beach in Louisiana covered with oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill off the gulf coast. (Remix of an original Photo by Charlie Riedel/AP)

NB: BP is trying to sanitise the news you find online about the Gulf oil spill by sponsoring search term results – BP Buys ‘Oil’ Search Terms to Redirect Users to Official Company Website

Below is the real news:

Endangered coastal birds like the brown pelican, the piping plover and the least tern are similarly threatened. Only recently removed from endangered status, the brown pelican may return to the list, due to the spill. January through October is breeding and fledgling season for this pelican. As a result, it’s not just the adult population, but vulnerable members of the next generation that are being affected by the oil. To date, 57 brown pelicans have been found dead, and 157 visibly oiled birds have been found alive.

On June 11, the death toll for oiled marine birds of all species reached 658.

Read more at Suite101: The Gulf Oil Spill: Endangered Species Most at Risk from Spill http://environmentalism.suite101.com/article.cfm/the-gulf-oil-spill–endangered-species-most-at-risk-from-spill#ixzz0shZB0UOv

Occasional commentor (and member of the Hoydens About Flickr Pool) Judy Johnson has some lovely shots of brown pelicans in her photostream.



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  1. Anderson Cooper has a report outlining how the US Coast Guard appears to be protecting BP from scrutiny via their latest edict regarding exclusion zones around booms and boats being used for the “cleanup”. Video below, transcript of “The Spill and Transparency”at CNN.
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/uXsmLMV1CrM?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

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