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More birds killed by Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Allison Ford, of the International Bird Research Center, holds an oil-covered brown pelican during evaluation at the Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center Friday, June 18, 2010, in Buras, La. The bird was rescued after being covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Allison Ford, of the International Bird Research Center, holds an oil-covered brown pelican during evaluation at the Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center Friday, June 18, 2010, in Buras, La. The bird was rescued after being covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

A consolidated report using numbers of birds impacted from as reported by the Unified Area Command from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other wildlife rehabilitation centers shows 680 birds collected as of June 19, 2010 from the oil spill all visibly oiled.

Most of the birds collected were from Louisiana, but some were captured from Alabama, and Florida. Many of the affected birds have been brown pelicans which are Louisiana’s state bird.

A total of 913 have been collected dead and of those 230 were found to be visibly oiled. It is unknown how many actually perish out at sea and therefore go uncounted.

While washing and rehabilitating the birds is the first priority of the oil spill response, long term issues will include loss of food sources and habitat damage.

You can follow the daily count of birds affected by the oil spill at Daily Dead Wildlife Tally.

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