BP Oil Spill: the Northern Gannet

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is not just a disaster off the coast of the US.  It affects all of us.  The linkages are made clear by the news carried by the Chicago Tribune,

“As of Friday evening, just one bird had been treated: a northern gannet, a relative of the albatross, with a 5- to 6-foot wingspan. The bird had been discovered a few days ago near the leak site, said Erica A. Miller, a wildlife surgeon for the group.”

It was pointed out on the ecoartnetwork by Jean Grant that the Northern Gannet is a native of the North Atlantic nesting on the coasts of the British Isles, Northern Europe and of Canada, Quebec in particular.  The Gannet migrates south for the winter.

This one bird represents the beginning of an ecological devastation on the Gulf coastline and the Atlantic.

For further information see the US Environmental Protection Agency web site pages: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/ (note the page title).

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