Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Remembering The BP Oil Spill 1 Year Later

One year ago, the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster took 11 lives, discharged about 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and destroyed the livelihoods of many Gulf of Mexico residents. Thousands of marine animals were killed and many more harmed. Read more about why offshore oil drilling is Not the Answer.

The offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon burns in the Gulf of Mexico in April, 2010

Can Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil?

55 Days Later……. and The BIG Question Now is “Can Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil?”

These Plants Are EVERYTHING…… A Food Source, Habitat Source….. Essentially They Hold The “Whole System Together”…..

and… If They Disappear…… It ALL Goes…….

David Muth, chief of planning and resource stewardship for Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Professor Larry McKinney, executive director at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, explain the impact oil from the BP oil disaster would have on the Louisiana wetlands and whether they could be cleaned should they become contaminated. ( Louisiana – BP – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – Texas – Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

Click on Link or Photo Below To Watch The Clip of “Can Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil?” From The Rachel Maddox Show

Can Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil

Oil Spill Wildlife Rescue Efforts

Although a California-based organization, the Oiled Wildlife Care Network is currently helping to lead the effort to care for oil-affected marine mammals and sea turtles in Louisiana, in partnership with NOAA-NMFS and the USFWS.  Volunteers are being recruited on a state-by-state basis and updated on the Deepwater Horizon Facebook page. If you would like to obtain volunteer information, please call 1-866-448-5816.

To access the main OWCN site, please click here.

Watch Jay Holcomb From The International Bird Rescue Research Center Talk About The Rescue Efforts

Why Some Animals Receive Priority Care

According to Nils Warnock, field operations specialist at the California Oiled Wildlife Care Network, managed by the University of California at Davis, decisions are based on at least seven factors:

  • The animal’s red blood cell count and overall physical condition

  • The life history stage of the particular animal, such as whether or not a bird has just molted its feathers

  • The size of the animal

  • What potential threat might exist to rescuers (“Big animals with big teeth are always an issue,” Warnock said.)

  • The percentage of body area covered by oil

  • How much the animal appears to be suffering

  • Prior knowledge of the particular species and how well it tends to respond to treatment

This last factor is a developing one, based on experience as it builds over the years after trained specialists have attempted to rescue many different types of animals.