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The Gulf Oil Disaster: Bird Migration Map

July 4, 2010

(For more information regarding the the Gulf Oil Disaster and waterfowl / bird migration, please see in this blog “The Gulf Disaster:  Diverting Gulf-bound Birds Away from the Oil,” posted 7/7/2010, in addition to “Gulf Oil Disaster:   Globally Important Bird Areas Most At Risk” posted 7/7/2010)

The danger that the Gulf Oil Disaster poses for bird and waterfowl is beyond comprehension.  It’s hard to imagine our “backyard birds” making their annual trek to the Gulf and beyond.  I have inserted a bird migration map, which illustrates their trek within the Western hemisphere.  The species represented are just a handful of the many that will be leaving shortly to begin their voyages.  Some of the species listed:  Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Peregrine Falcon, Lazuli Bunting, Blue-winged teal, Rufous Hummingbird, Western Tanager, American Tree Sparrow, Sandhill Crane, Short-eared Owl, Bobolink, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-throated Blue Warbler, King Eider, Cliff Swallow, Baltimore Oriole, Swainson’s Hawk, Arctic Tern, Upland Goose, Two-banded Plover, American Golden-plover, American Redstart …. and there are many, many more. 

Please note that not ALL birds / waterfowl species migrate to and/or through the Gulf.  However, the reader would be surprised to see that number of different species that do. 

Courtesy of National Geographic Society - 2004

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