News from the Birds of North America website: This excellent resource is allowing full, free access to its informative accounts of 34 bird species that are affected by the Gulf oil spill. Normally, access is by subscription ($5 for a month), but if you click on the link above you can see them for free. These accounts are detailed and exhaustive…and all four of our local beach-nesting species are included, as well as other local non-breeding species.
Here is the full press release:
BNA opens access to accounts over 30 species of critical interest in the Gulf Oil Spill. In response to the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, BNA is providing immediate free and total access to the life history accounts of the following species that are critically affected by the BP Gulf Oil disaster: Brown Pelican, Wilson’s Plover, Clapper Rail, Royal Tern, Reddish Egret, American Oystercatcher, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Plover, Seaside Sparrow, Red Knot, Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret, White Ibis, Sandwich Tern, Sanderling, Whooping Crane, Piping Plover, Wood Stork, Sandhill Crane, Roseate Tern, Snail Kite, Seaside Sparrow, Least Tern, Common Loon, Northern Gannett, Double-crested Cormorant, Forster’s Tern, Common Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Black Skimmer and Magnificent Frigatebird. By clicking on any of the above links, you will be granted access to life history articles as well as the multimedia galleries for these species. This list has been created at the request of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and by the eBird Gulf Coast Spill Bird Tracker, a tool open for anyone to report and track sightings of coastal avian wildlife during the crisis. Feel free to educate yourself and others, and to make use of lab projects such as the tracker mentioned above to report sightings or help identify species that will aid in clean-up efforts, species recovery, population and conservation studies.