Feds: Web site for dead bird body count

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May have to relocate this thread.

This report is from a newsletter , TWTW, from www.sepp.org , not a news article, although the reported Web site is a Federal source:

The BP oil spill continues to have considerable political ramifications, with vengeance as a motivating factor fro some. BP has been forced to set up, early, a $20 Billion fund to provide relief for those economically impacted by the spill – including those put out of work by the government’s declaration of a moratorium on all deep water drilling. As explained in last week’s TWTW, the administration attempted to justify this moratorium, claiming it was recommended by highly qualified engineers. The engineers would have none of that and stated they made no such recommendation for existing permits.

Efforts to control the extent of the spill are still underway. Unfortunately, in spite of administration claims that it has been in charge since day one, there still appears to be no one in charge and conflicting statements are the order of the day.

Politicians and the environmental industry are gearing up to make the most of this spill. Numerous articles and television broadcasts are long on adjectives and lurid photographs, but short on facts. What is the actual extent of the environmental damage? Clearly, no one can predict how long the aftereffects will remain, but it appears that once the well is shut off, most of the effect will disappear rather quickly.

What about the wildlife that is so frequently shown in photographs? US Fish and Wildlife has established a control center, monitoring affected birds, sea turtles, mammals, and reptiles. These are classified by alive or dead and by visibly oiled, no visible oil, or status pending. Visible oil on a dead animal does not mean the animal died from oil exposure. As of June 17, with 58 days of records, of the 1468 alive and dead birds collected, the total number of visibly oiled, dead birds was – 196 – a far cry from the impression one receives in the news reports. The data tables can be found at the web site:


One week since the original post:

from www.sepp.org of June 26, 2010

This Week will begin a new feature called “Number of the Week” borrowing from “Number of the Month” posted by John Brignell in Numberwatch. Last week it could have been 196 – the number of dead birds found in the Gulf of Mexico with visible oil as reported by US Fish and Wildlife. As of June 24, with 65 days of reporting, that number is 282. By way of comparison, according to a FAA 18 year study ending in 2008, the number of birds reported to be involved in strikes with civilian aircraft averaged 409 per month. Thus far, SEPP has been unable to find a report for the US of the number of birds that encounter the blades of wind turbines.

I would be curious to know the actual standards used in this statistic.

If a dead bird is covered with oil, it does not necessarily mean the bird died from the oil. So how exactly do they make the determination?

Do they have a similar website for bird body counts near wind generation farms?

Probaly not… wisht here was one… but then the EPA hippies would lose thier arguement for windmills.

If you look carefully at the bird photo on television, it’s always the same bird.

[Probably a trained stunt double bird. With heavy special make-up.]

It goes to show how our society has degenerated. And where’s the gov site with stats like these?:


Yes, real Catholics are concerned about both, but do we give them the same weight?

That means that I am still an exponentially worse environmental disaster than this oil spill in terms of dead birds. Hasn’t the impact on the shrimp and oyster industries been similarly laughable? I heard on the radio today that the supply was just fine.

Any body still keeping track?

The Number of the Week is 400: The number of wild Canada geese rounded up from Prospect Park in Brooklyn and killed by the Agriculture Department on one day. (See 400 Park Geese Die, below). On day 86 of the BP oil spill, the US Fish and Wildlife reports the total number of birds collected dead with visible oil for the entire period is 746 (8.7 per day) and sea turtles total 14. (Visible oil does not mean cause.)

Source: fws.gov/home/dhoilspill/

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