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Oily birds still being spotted in the area - The Galveston County Daily News : Outdoors

October 21, 2014

Oily birds still being spotted in the area

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 11:22 am | Updated: 5:12 pm, Mon Apr 14, 2014.

Oil is still sticking to the plumes of herons, dirtying the vests of pelicans and will likely remain bothersome to our local bird colonies for a long time.

Birds are so very vulnerable to oil spills because their feathers soak up the oil like a sponge. The oil weighs the birds down and makes it harder for them to fly. When the birds clean and preen their feathers, they ingest the oil, often poisoning themselves.

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