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Cornell Lab of Ornithology videos on the Gulf Coast

April 22, 2011, 12:32 pm
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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A flock of Northern Pintail and other waterfowl head skyward. Credit: Gary Kramer,USFWS

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. They have prepared a series of in-depth videos that help you understand the vital ecosystems of the Mississippi River Delta and some impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


Deepwater Horizon: One Year Later

It's still too early to measure the full extent of the oil's impacts on Gulf Coast waters, beaches, and saltmarshes, to the region's economy, or to its millions of birds. In this video, Cornell Lab director John Fitzpatrick summarizes what we do know, and reflects on our obligation to restore this national treasure's health.


Restoring America's Delta

The BP disaster caused upheaval and damage to the people and wildlife of the Mississippi Delta's vast ecosystem. But it was also only the latest addition to a list of injuries the region has suffered over time, including hurricanes, storm surges, channelization, and sediment loss.


Barrier Island Foraging Strategies

Louisiana's barrier islands provide critical and unique habitat for a range of migrant and wintering bird species. Shorebirds in particular utilize a variety of specialized feeding techniques to harvest their own favored types of prey.


Oiled Birds - June 2010

Images of oiled birds from the Gulf Coast taken by Cornell Lab teams in June 2010. Birds were oiled as the result of the BP oil leak. Species seen include American White Pelican, Brown Pelican, Snowy Egret, Sanderling, terns and gulls.


At Risk: Birds of the Gulf Coast

An incredible diversity of bird species are at risk as oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico. These images, generously contributed by members of the Flicker "Birdshare" group, represent only a small number of the species threatened by the spill.


Birds of the Mississippi River Delta

Cornell Lab director John Fitzpatrick narrates a birding tour from swamp to sea. In the upland forests and cypress swamps, songbirds chorus and ibises form chaotic roosts. Waterfowl from most of the continent spend the winter in the bayous. Elsewhere in the vast marsh lies a surprising diversity of habitats distinguished by the salinity of the water.


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