Environmental impacts of oil spills

Cleaning Oiled Feathers

June 4, 2011, 12:33 pm
Source: NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

SUMMARY

In this experiment developed by NOAA, students will look at the way oil affects bird feathers and try out different cleanup methods to find out which works best.

CONTEXT FOR USE

Materials:

  • Clean, dry feathers (good places to find feathers are beaches, parks, and pet stores)
  • Three bowls
  • Vegetable oil
  • Dish-washing detergent
  • Hot and cold water (the hot water should be about the same temperature you'd use to wash dishes, and not too hot to put your hands in)
     

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS

Cleaning Oiled Feathers Lab Activity Instructions

Glossary

Citation

Nomack, M. (2011). Cleaning Oiled Feathers. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/exercise/51cbf14f7896bb431f6a5120

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