Experts: Gulf oil spill might pose long-term risks to migrating birds

08/12/2010 | National Geographic News

Despite BP's capping of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, about a billion birds that go there for food and habitat could face starvation and other threats in the long term, experts said. "The biggest worry is the amount of oil out there, and where it may end up. When these birds come here to feed and utilize that habitat and the resources they depend on for food, how is that going to translate into contamination through ingestion or direct exposure," a biologist said.

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