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Thread subject: Any Evidence of Ospreys Affected By Oil in the Gulf?
||10/15/10 01:15 am
||Some months ago we were concerned that the oil in the Gulf of Mexico might affect migrating ospreys.
Has anyone seen any evidence of this? Any news about the oil in general or has that story become history?
||10/15/10 01:35 pm
||Well, it's going to take a long time to assess all the subtle effects because of the Corexit "coverup." In the meantime, I ran into these stirring musings from our osprey friend, Dave Gessner. He's wondering (and watching), too.
||10/15/10 03:11 pm
||I heard on one of our local radio programs this past weekend that we may not actually know until spring, when we can see how many return from migration, and even then, we may not get a true picture. It may take a few generations of birds to have a more accurate assessment. We know that osprey, for example, take a few years before *next generations* return to their birthplace. I don't know if that is true for other species.
I began to wonder about the wildlife in the vicinity of the horrific disaster in Hungary just a few weeks ago. It just doesn't end, does it?
||10/16/10 05:07 am
||I haven't read or seen anything to do with the spill either until yesterday a small article in Long Island's Newsday
Title of Article...
Exhibit A in spill probe: dead critters.
The article focused on what has happened, but didn't mention anything how the wildlife that survived and the after affects. In preparation of a trial...dead birds are carefully wrapped and sealed in plastic bags to avoid cross contamination. Dolphin tissue samples and dead sea turtles also are being carefully preserved. Field notebooks are being collected and secured also. All this strict lab protocols are being done, knowing everything they touch could become evidence in what may prove to the" biggest environmental case in US history. " "US Justice Dept. is investigating whether those responsible for the spill violated environmental laws that carry civil and sometimes criminal penalties, and scientists are taking extraordinary steps to make sure their findings hold up in court."
||10/16/10 07:19 am
||10/16/10 07:41 am
||I think the public outrage momentum is largely gone - the well is capped and dead - no more oil is flowing - it's a passe news story. BP (who is still running those insulting "we care - we live here in the Gulf, too" commercials) will turn it's focus to discrediting the scientists and their findings, especially now that the scientists have discovered there is a layer of oil several inches thick covering the ocean bottom where the oil spread. I think it will be years before we know the full impact of that nightmare on both critters and the environment.
I guess I'm so cynical about it all based on the the fact that the damage of the Exxon Valdez spill is still ongoing.
||10/17/10 01:43 pm
||The biodiversity of the whole area must have been affected. Even one link in the food chain going down can be catastrophic.
I still expect BP and their contractor to be sued for billions, if they are not its a disgrace..
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