[CT Birds] Trans-gulf migration - fire up the slick??
PCOMINS at audubon.org
Wed Apr 28 08:21:14 EDT 2010
They would almost certainly be consulting with the USFWS and state wildlife agencies on the relative impacts of a landfall vs. burning. I suspect that landfall would be viewed as the worst case scenario for birds, as there are many high conservation concern species for which a landfall could be catastrophic, e.g. Snowy and Wilson's Plovers, Reddish Egret, American Oystercatcher, Brown Pelican, possibly Black Rail if it reaches Florida, and potentially foraging areas for Roseate Tern. I wouldn't venture to say which impact would be worse, the smoke from the fire on migrants or the direct oiling of birds from a landfall or nearshore encroachment, but I can say that neither option is particularly good and there probably aren't any good answers for this situation, which is still unfolding as they still haven't figured out how to stop the leaking.
Patrick Comins, Meriden.
From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org [ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Brian Webster [b.webster at hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 8:07 AM
To: smorytko at yahoo.com; CT Birding
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Trans-gulf migration - fire up the slick??
I just watched, 2 seconds ago, on Good Morning New York that locals can indeed smeel the oil, it has reached Florida, and they plan to set it a flame as soon as today.
b.webster at hotmail.com
> Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 02:11:21 -0700
> From: smorytko at yahoo.com
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Trans-gulf migration - fire up the slick??
> I hope someone in the birding community is giving input to authorities that are considering setting fire to the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. I wonder what the impact would be on peak trans-gulf migration considering the size of the slick. Late migrating species might take a big hit. I also wonder if fumes are emitted from the slick. Perhaps there are no fumes from unprocessed crude ... ? Perhaps this seems like an absurd idea but I read it was actually done once before.
> Steve Morytko
> 288 Varga Rd.
> Ashford, CT 06278 USA
> smorytko at yahoo.com
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