Oil spill cleanup on beach scaling back, Pensacola News Journal, February 27, 2011:
... Last year, nesting was disrupted when National Seashore beaches were invaded by helicopters and droves of volunteers, media and cleanup crews as the oil spill approached the coast in May.
"The cumulative impacts of losing two nesting seasons back-to-back is not acceptable," [National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown] said. "Birds are very sensitive to human activity. When people get too close, they flush and leave nests and leave their eggs. Eggs exposed to intense heat of the sun won't survive." ...
More than 20 different organisms — including ghost crabs, tiger beetles, sand fleas and microscopic creatures — live in the sand. They create the bottom of the food chain for the creatures, including shorebirds, that feed on the beach.
"Our scientists said 40 percent of the organisms did not survive the cleanup," Brown said.
Read the report here.