September 16th, 2010
08:06 AM ET

3,634 dead birds collected in Gulf, wildlife service says

A laughing gull wallows in sludge in June on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the first time is breaking down the species of oiled birds collected - alive and dead - in the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20 BP well blowout.

As of Tuesday, 4,676 birds had been collected; 3,634 of those were dead. Of the dead birds, 1,226 were visibly oiled.

Of the dead birds, the largest numbers are laughing gulls (1,591), followed by brown pelicans (376) and northern gannets (182).
Live birds are taken to rehabilitation centers in Hammond, Louisiana; Gulfport, Mississippi; Theodore, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida.

Once the birds are stabilized, they undergo several washings, feedings, and the collection of vital health information. They stay at the rehabilitation centers until their natural body oils are replenished and they are sufficiently recovered for release, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

Rehabilitated birds are banded and released into suitable habitats along the coast where they are not likely to get oiled again.

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  1. Doug

    1,226 confirmed oiled birds dead. That's about the murder rate for southern California each year. You have to put this in perspective folks. The biggets loosers in this were the local tourist/fishing industries that lost business because the media unnecessarily scared everyone away.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. merecat

    And those are only the ones they found....

    September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. smc

    Surprised not more birds from an event of this magnitude. However, has anyone give much thought to how many birds and bats are lost daily to wind power generators (so called clean power), or automobile windshield/grills, or aircraft bird-strikes? Those numbers should be just as concerning.

    September 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. me

    By the way for those of you who claim Mt.saint helens was worse than the oil spill. It was a natural disaster. Not man made besides volcano erruptions as much as we humans hate them there is a reason for them, they create more land mass for us humans to live on.

    September 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. scott

    I just have to say that the conservative talk show hosts said nature is just doing what nature does. It took care of everything! The oil is gone! The president under/overreacted! Everything is fine!

    September 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shawn

    If oil is at the bottom then no more crabs for me.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Davey Jones

    It's enough to make you wish that the men responsible would die a protracted, agonizing death of cancer.

    September 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andy

    Horrific. I hope BP is going to pay to rehabilitate the wetlands and fisheries.

    – A

    September 16, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. McJesus

    Nothing to see here folks. Nothing to see here. The oil has all be consumed by microbes at the sea floor at a rapid pace. It is all gone. Now please go home and watch reality TV, return to your 9-5 jobs if you haven't yet been outsourced, and continue to be far more concerned about gay rights, abortion, and whether biblical text should be taught along side evolution in science class. Nothing to see here. Thank you.

    September 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Beebs

    How many of you talking about the "poor birds" ate chicken for dinner? How many complaining about BP consumed gas and oil by driving today? How many complaining about "big corporations" used consumer products, including the computer you are commenting from? WE are the problem. WE need to be the solution. The government and big corporations are only feeding what WE demand. Take some responsibility for your own actions. Man up to the fact that we are ALL destroying the planet-the corporations are simply giving us the means to do so, and the government is at a loss of how to stop us.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chicka

    BP should pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. U No Who

    Oil? What oil? Chemicals? What chemicals? Cancer? What cancer? Criminals? What Criminals? Economic loss? What economic loss? Government of the people? Treason? What treason? Death penalty? What death penalty? This problem was not caused by big corporations, it was caused by criminals. Our jails are full of minor criminals but not one major criminal. Shoot now ask questions later. Bag em & tag em. Smoke em.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. BCL1

    Wow. The most dead species is sky rats. Who cares?

    September 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
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