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 California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years. I Was There It was a bitterly cold winter morning when the convoy departed down the remote Forest Service road near Salmon, Idaho. Decades after scientists first called for the restoration of wolves in the region, the first four wolves arrived in Idaho on January 14, 1995, thanks to the Endangered Species Act… Victory for Wild Bison in Montana! In a decision that the uninitiated would argue is a painful exercise in stating the obvious, a Montana court last week determined that the wild bison of Yellowstone, an animal that has roamed the continent for millennia, are indeed wild animals.