New Sea Grant Bulletin on Birds and Oil Spills

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce a new Sea Grant publication that outlines what scientists have learned about how oil exposure affects birds. Using peer-reviewed research that covers oil spills around the world, the bulletin describes various effects ranging from birds directly exposed to oil to impacts on breeding and migration habits.

Read Birds of a Feather – Coping with Oil to learn how  scientists are studying how birds respond to pollution. The bulletin includes research from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process during Deepwater Horizon that details the types and numbers of birds affected by that event. It also includes information that can help inform response to future oil spills, such as lessons learned from cleaning oiled birds.

By Nilde Maggie Dannreuther. Contact with questions or comments.


The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team synthesizes peer-reviewed science for a broad range of general audiences, particularly those who live and work across the Gulf Coast. Sea Grant offers oil-spill related public seminars across the United States. 

Information about upcoming Sea Grant science seminars and recently-held events is available here. To receive email updates about seminars, publications, and the outreach team, click here.


GoMRI and the Sea Grant programs of the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, Mississippi-Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas) have partnered to create an oil spill science outreach program.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies. An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research. All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available. The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. For more information, visit

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