27 August 2010 Oil disaster extends reach of damage to Canada Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: A green winged teal, one of the ducks threatened by the spill. Photo courtesy of Tom Munson, US Fish and Game By October, large numbers of migratory birds will flock south to the Gulf of Mexico after a summer spent in Canada’s Boreal Forest. Ready to spend the winter in Louisiana marshes - typically rich with food - these ducks have no idea what’s in store for them when they touch down. What impacts will a vastly different Gulf region have on these birds? Dr. Jeff Wells, senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative, an organization dedicated to outreach and education about the importance of the Boreal Forest region to North America’s birds, other wildlife and the global environment, addresses this very question in a new article, “Gulf oil spill puts million of Canada’s migratory birds at risk.” “The Gulf Coast, especially the Mississippi River Delta, is vitally important for many wetland bird species. The marshes, beaches and tidal flats provide ideal nesting and migratory stopover habitat for millions of waterfowl, seabirds, shorebirds and other waterbirds. These habitats also house the fish, mollusks and other marine life of the Gulf of Mexico, which make up the food supply for these birds. Scientists worry that the impact on some of the smaller food sources like plankton could have a far-reaching ripple effect on the entire food chain.” Click here to read the full article and learn more about what awaits Canada’s migratory birds upon their return to the Gulf of Mexico. One Response to “Oil disaster extends reach of damage to Canada” Lauren August 29th, 2010 Hi, I am working with Mitch Kashmar and The Pontiax, an acclaimed blues artist and over 30 year veteran in the blues scene. The band just released their new single “The Petroleum Blues,” a timely response to the mounting oil crisis. You can listen to and download the song here: http://www.mileshighproductions.com//images/tracks/m_kashmir/petroleum_blues.mp3. The song is one of two newly recorded songs from their recently reissued classic album, 100 Miles To Go. Here’s a sampling of the song’s lyrics - “100 dollars just to fill your car I hope you don’t have to drive too far Petroleum Blues I’ve got the Petroleum Blues How much money’re we gonna lose? Petroleum Blues We’re spillin n drillin down by New Orleans The beach is black but the money’s green Petroleum Blues The Petroleum Blues You can’t win, only gonna lose Petroleum Blues” I’d love to hear what you think of song. -Lauren Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.