Scientists say oil still endangers birds, Houma Today, October 17, 2010:
Audubon science teams conducted surveys in 23 areas... along the Louisiana coast.
What the teams found:
- Surface oil...
- Oil seepage coming from pockets inches below the sand on most beaches that were hard-hit by oil during the spill.
- '[T]ar mats' just below the waterline that they say are sending a seemingly endless stream of new tar balls ashore.
- All of remaining oil-related threats were in close proximity to areas with large bird populations, Audubon scientists said... “Birds aren’t wired to avoid threats from oil, and even if they look healthy now, we can’t begin to predict all the health and reproductive effects that could show up later,” said Melanie Driscoll, Audubon’s Louisiana Bird Conservation director and survey team member.