Migratory birds flying right into oily morass

Posted by Trish Riley, July 14, 2010

The piping plovers already are flying toward peril. The endangered birds are among the first of millions that will migrate this fall to the Gulf of Mexico — and the oil leak that could kill them.

“There are millions of birds at risk,” says Ken Rosenberg, conservation science director at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “It’s safe to say thousands will die.”

He fears the BP oil spill, which began April 20, “could erupt into a much bigger disaster as oil continues to come to the surface.”

via USATODAY.com.

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