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Thread subject: Very sad pictures
Name Date Message
Tiger 06/04/10 04:28 am Here are some of the saddest pictures you will ever see. See The Big Picture
DaisyG 06/04/10 06:08 am Aww Tiger, what a heartrending sight. Brings tears to my eyes.
Surely something must work to stop this horrendous leak.
Shelley 06/04/10 06:49 am Horrifying, just horrifying. I fear this is truly a turning point (in a very bad way) for many species.

Tiger 06/04/10 07:09 am It makes me concerned for ospreys on the autumn migration.
Shelley 06/04/10 07:37 am I wish there were some way to put up deterents that would cause them to alter their routes. Sort of like detour signs...
DaisyG 06/04/10 08:56 am The biggest saving grace for ospreys must be the fact that they need to see the fish in order to fish which suggests they would steer clear of oil. Hopefully that would be the case anyway.
Melanie 06/04/10 10:13 am Unfortunately steering clear of the oil will not be an option for them. If you look at how big an area the spill is now covering you see there will be nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

I had just completed an article for my magazine about the Brown Pelicans that started breeding here on Chesapeake Bay about 15 years ago when this all happened. An expanded version will be posted to our website in about two weeks. It may very well be that Virginia and Maryland will have the only successful breeding season for Brown Pelicans on the East Coast this year. The story was going to get bumped back by two months due to space restrictions but that day the oil started reaching the Louisiana coastline and priorities changed.

As soon as the platform blew up BP hired TriState Bird Rescue & Rehab in Delaware to be the lead in the wildlife cleanup. They have been mentioned many times on the DPOF board and they maintain a permanently standing oil spill emergency response team. They have been down there since Day One waiting for the birds to come. Their contract with BP states that BP will provide them with anything and everything they need and they are not to use the oil spill for fundraising. I interviewed a spokewoman for them down in Louisiana I was told that so far all she has to do is ask for supplies and BP waves their magic wand and everything appears immediately. And there are "Dawn Drives" which means organizations will take donations and send bottles of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid down to the Gulf which is the best thing with which to remove oil from the birds.

As though the images of dying oil covered adults is not bad enough, the real horror is that Brown Pelicans are all nesting right now - they only nest on the ground at waters' edge and all those nests have been overwashed with oil, thus completely wiping out this year's crop of new pelicans. At least those eggs are spared the horror of starving to death. The same thing applies to terns, Avocets, gull and any other ground nesting water birds down there. Egrets, Herons, Ibises all prefer trees but even though their chicks will hatch, the adults will find feeding them nearly impossible and the chicks will probably starve to death if not be poisoned by whatever the adults are able to bring back.

The oil balls from the dispersents were discovered this morning on the beaches of the Florida Panhandle and will continue down the Florida Gulf Coast. While the chicks further south in FL may at least have a chance at hatching they will still face being poisoned contaminated fish from the submerged plumes or will starve to death. The Gulf Stream will carry the oil up the Atlantic Coast, will probably not have tremendous effect on Georgia but will pose real dangers to the Carolina's Outer Banks. Then the Gulf Stream veers out to sea thus sparing Virginia, MD, Delaware and most of the NorthEast shoreline. Or so we pray.

And people are still pulling up into BP stations . . .
martyc35 06/04/10 12:39 pm After watching some carefree brown pelicans on Humboldt Bay, but knowing that they fish here but don't breed here, I just wanted to cry. Sorry, Tiger, but after looking at the horrible pics on tv last night, I can't even look at those you have posted. I eat breakfast with my morning coffee, here, with the bird people, and I would just throw up. And we know, too, that if it weren't BP, it would be Exxon, Shell, or Chevron. They are all the same. None have paid anything for research on remediation or cleanup in the last 30 years, while all brag of drilling deeper and deeper. I'm sorry, but the gulf and its bounty are toast.
cathleen 06/04/10 12:49 pm Yes, marty, if it is not BP it is someone else. We don't even get this ongoing disaster in the US news - fields, water, etc. along with birds, fish, animals have been destroyed due to the Niger delta oil spills from Sunoco drilling.
DaisyG 06/04/10 12:53 pm It is just too horrific for words. I have just been reading these FAQ on cleaning oil covered birds.

Let us hope that the latest attempt at capping the leak will succeed.
Melanie 06/04/10 01:08 pm Capping the leak at this point won't do a thing to save those birds now. There's too much oil in the water to be cleaned up. Marty is right. Toast. What Katrina and the Army Corps of Engineers couldn't do, BP managed to accomplish, even though they have the gall to downplay it by saying "It's a big ocean".

And now the Governor of LA who was adamant about any federal government interference (bail out money) to his state is whining and crying because he feels the Feds aren't moving fast enough is now complaining because Obama has (temporarily) stopped any new drilling. To paraphrase the late Molly Ivins, "When you make deals with the devil you've gotta dance with them that brung you.". Pardon me while I go throw up.
DaisyG 06/04/10 01:39 pm Yes I do realise that Melanie, what has happened has happened, but yet another failure at stemming the flow will make matters even worse.
Celeste 06/04/10 03:00 pm Today in particular, our local Newspaper has several photos of pelicans, herons dying in the oil water. It's beyond gets to the point I can't even watch anymore, it just makes me so sad and angry at the same time. The ripple effects of this disaster will effect us/wildlife in many ways for years to come. The comment,"its a big ocean" really makes me angry.
Melanie 06/04/10 03:11 pm Daisy, I appreciate your sentiment. I really do. But the fact of the matter is that the damage that has been done is so incomprehensible that even if they could completely cap the well so that not another single drop of oil got out it won't make any difference. BP is so intent on managing (and limiting) every bit of information that gets out to the point of even involving the US government in letting BP say whatever they want without verifying it that I find it very difficult to believe anything BP says.

Imagine that the spill was completely in the English Channel (which is just about how big it actually is right now) - and then it started circling the British Isles. That's basically the magnitude of this obscenity.

It's not just the birds - oystermen, shrimpers and fishermen can't fish and are going to be out of work for a very long time - no one is going to the beaches so the tourist industry is toast - that's hotels and restaurants and other entertainments AND the people who are employed there. The fishing charter industry all through Florida has been completely shut down because everyone has canceled their charters. That's millions and millions of revenue lost over 4 states. So far. On top of a weak economy. BP won't have enough money left to compensate any of them to even a fraction of what has been lost IF they even tried to compensate them. Keep in mind - the individual payouts from the Exxon Valdez oil spill didn't even cover the expenses for the out-of-work fishermen to declare bankruptcy.
Pam 06/04/10 04:22 pm It has all been said. It's terrible.
Nancy L 06/05/10 12:12 pm Cathleen - the Niger delta story was an eye-opener for me!

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