Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill – Initial thoughts

As a rehabber, I know the joy and heartbreak involved in caring for wildlife that has come off second best in interactions with us. Oil spills are only one of the assaults to our environment, however, it is one that I have also studied, especially the long term impacts the toxicity of oil has on the avian body. Oil disrupts many essential pathways; impacting pair bonding and breeding behaviours, egg production and producing deformed embryos. I pursued this research for many reasons, but one especially hits close to home. I know we at Le Nichoir may face the results of a spill along our waterways at some time. The last major spill on the St Lawrence was in the late 70’s, so we are overdue!

The team at Le Nichoir are very capable of caring for the few oiled birds we may admit each year. Yes, we use Dawn dish detergent. They come in covered in many types of oil and oily products; cooking oil, tars, diesel, etc. How we could care for the potential of thousands of oiled birds; Canada geese, ducks and herons, is beyond imagination. Let’s hope this remains a possibility only and the seaway remains open, safe for shipping and birds alike.

Day Seven – Lynn’s Oil Spill Blog

I had another day at Fort Jackson planned, but had to stop and photograph the alligators on the way, so cool. Day seven went pretty much as the previous one did, with me helping out where ever I could and talking to the very positive and up beat team that were there (one person had taken a class with me in Palm Desert some 4 years ago!). I decided to leave by 6 pm and return to my lodgings, shower off the copious sweat, and go to the local marina restaurant for supper. I was able to talk to many chaps involved in this whole mess. One is actually manufacturing, as rapidly as they can, anchors for the booms, as they have run out. Also many of the local people are quite dismayed at what is going on, and shared with me what they were doing.

I was leaving in the morning, they were in it for the long haul.

CTV News Story May 30, 2010

CTV News’ Derek Conlon interviews Le Nichoir’s co-founder biologist Lynn Miller as she heads off to the Gulf of Mexico this week to lend her expertise to the clean up of the U.S. oil leak. (May 2010)

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Seven Goslings Find a New Family

Two weeks ago Le Nichoir received 7 orphan goslings and asked the media to spread the word that we were looking for a family of geese to adopt them. Thanks to many kind readers that called the 7 goslings found a new family (May 2010)

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Le Nichoir opens on May 13th, 2010

Le Nichoir opens its doors on May 13th – its 16th season of wild bird conservation through rehabilitation, education and research. (May 2010)