Galveston Oil Spill Threatens Wildlife

Teams are assessing damage and caring for oiled birds as experts warn of the ecological effects from Saturday’s 168,000-gallon oil spill into Galveston Bay. The spill, while much smaller than the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, occurred close to the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary — an important site for avian and other species — during migration. Houston Audubon volunteers are shooting loud guns in an attempt to keep birds away from the Bolivar Peninsula. Oil harms birds by degrading their waterproofing oils, which increases their vulnerability to cold. In addition, birds ingest the oil when grooming, which can cause internal problems. National Geographic News (free registration) (3/24)

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