Credit: Tye Gregg, Ducks Unlimited
You might recall we did a post a while back on the negative impacts the Gulf Coast oil spill could have on migratory birds. We recently submitted and published another piece on the Ducks Unlimited website highlighting these threats, which include direct contact with oil, contaminated habitat, and weakened food supply. Many of the birds that spend their winters or stop in the region during their longer migratory travels have already begun migration, meaning these impacts could be felt sooner rather than later.
As part of our efforts to help educate people on the effects of the oil spill on boreal-breeding birds, we created this infographic/map highlighting the connection between the birds of Canada’s Boreal Forest and the Gulf Coast region, which include some already-declining waterfowl and shorebirds. Feel free to use this on your webpage or in your blog (just make sure to give credit to the Boreal Songbird Initiative if you crop out the bottom section with the logo)!