Environmentalist: Spill Will Disrupt Wildlife Melanie Driscoll of the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, an environmental group, talks to Steve Inskeep about the potential impact the Gulf oil spill could have on birds in the region. The oil is especially disruptive for Gulf Coast wildlife including the brown pelican — which is the Louisiana state bird.
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Environmentalist: Spill Will Disrupt Wildlife

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Environmentalist: Spill Will Disrupt Wildlife

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Melanie Driscoll of the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, an environmental group, talks to Steve Inskeep about the potential impact the Gulf oil spill could have on birds in the region. The oil is especially disruptive for Gulf Coast wildlife including the brown pelican — which is the Louisiana state bird.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Bird conservationist Melanie Driscoll is focusing on the pelican's coastal nests.

MELANIE DRISCOLL: There could be catastrophic nest loss and a big dent in their productivity.

INSKEEP: Driscoll directs Bird Conservative for the Louisiana Coastal Initiative.

DRISCOLL: In addition, near tropical migrant birds and a lot of shore birds are sort of at the peak of their spring migration, so there are greater densities in numbers of birds flying across the Gulf of Mexico now, than would happen really at any other time in the year, except for fall migration.

INSKEEP: Driscoll says her organization is recruiting volunteers to help with animal rescue efforts.

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