Seaside Sparrows live and forage in coastal marshlands across the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists are studying oil’s effects on their habitat and the potential long-term impacts on sparrow populations in these areas.
Participants received professional development credits for the state of Louisiana, and they came away with working knowledge about the realities and processes involved with ocean research.
Birds, crickets, ants, and other insects that live in Louisiana wetlands are helping researchers determine impacts to marsh life from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
When the Deepwater Horizon disaster leaked an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, many researchers feared that coastal ecosystems would never be the same.