Saturday, August 28, 2010

DEAD BIRD ISLAND - TERREBONNE PARISH, LOUISIANA



Aug. 19, 2010 - On a journey to take soil samples from the BP Spill we came across an island full of dead birds in various stages of decay. For more information or to support our ongoing efforts please visit http://www.lmrk.org/

From the website of the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper:

In "Julia," the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper Boston Whaler and a local fishing vessel we made our way south from Pointe Au Chien across Lake Chien and Lake Felicity to Modoto Island. What we encountered there stunned us all. The ground was littered with dead birds. So many dead birds that we aren't sure how many were out there, many dozens of dead birds just in the small area which we surveyed on the island. The dead appeared to included mostly seagulls and terns though some were badly decayed and identification was difficult. It was clear to me by the various states of decay, from scattered bones to a tern that couldn't have been dead for more than a day and everything in between, that this is an ongoing situation.

We also saw a juvenile gull that was in distress. It could hardly walk and was very unsteady when it took a step it also had very little energy. By the time we finished our sampling and were ready to leave the island the bird had died. I asked Kurt if he had seen anything like the dead birds and he said that he had been visiting this island his entire life and he has never seen dead birds in the numbers we were seeing. It is clear to me that these birds are somehow being poisoned by the BP event.

I'm hearing that oil can no longer be found in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Gulf Coast. Note the date of the video. It seems the birds are better than humans at finding the oil which threatens their lives.

Terrebonne Parish lies south of Thibodaux, where I live.




Thanks to Pat B. for the link to the video.

6 comments:

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

The horror! the horror!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Göran, a horror, indeed.

JCF said...

Heart-breaking. :-(

Grandmère Mimi said...

I don't know whether to cry or to curse, JCF.

motheramelia said...

Very sad, and I'm sure far from the end of such misery for the creatures of the coast.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Far from the end, indeed, Amelia, despite what the "experts" say.