Dispatches From the Gulf

When we launched the WeLoveBirds.org website in February, none of us could have imagined that two months later millions of birds in and around the Gulf of Mexico would have their lives and delicate habitats threatened by the worst environmental disaster in the history of the United States. The torrent of oil that gushed into the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon well was at least 10 times greater than the oil the Exxon Valdez dumped into Prince William Sound—and has put in harm’s way all shorebirds, marsh-dwellers, and seabirds in the region along with many other species that migrate through. Believe it or not, “fall” migration begins in mid-July for long-distance migrants and continues through October for other species — another huge wave of birds that could come in contact with contaminated areas of the Gulf when they stop to rest and refuel.

We invite you to use WeLoveBirds.org as a place to connect with others who are following this environmental tragedy, stay informed, share your feelings, and take action. The Natural Resources Defense Council is deeply involved in efforts to measure the impacts of the oil leak and hold those responsible accountable. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is engaging citizen-science participants in reporting bird sightings and is using bioacoustics technology to monitor whales in the Gulf. We’ve set aside a new area of this website, Dispatches from the Gulf, to collate current information about the ongoing effort to measure the leak’s impact on birds and habitat. Please visit:

Dispatches from the Gulf
http://www.welovebirds.org/page/gulfspill

You will notice that we have also been working to respond to member suggestions about the site. We have made the top navigation bar easier and clearer to use. We have also responded to your concerns about privacy on the site, making the steps you can take to safeguard your privacy more clear. Please continue to let us know what we can do to make the site more user-friendly.

Happy birding!

Your friends at NRDC and the Cornell Lab

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