U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Discharge rate is estimated at 210,000
gallons per day.
The oil will progress northward and
eastward and is estimated to make
landfall along the Mississippi and
Alabama coastline as early as Monday
morning. Other locations along the
Florida panhandle may be affected by
early next week.
Rough weather is forecast for the
weekend and may cause heavy oil
inundation to beach areas.
On-water response operations ceased
late-afternoon Thursday due to the
weather and are not anticipated to start
again until Monday, May 3.
The first wildlife rehabilitation center is
being established in Venice, LA, and a
second is planned near Mobile, AL.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response
Saturday, May 1, 2010
More than 41 miles of booming has
been deployed, and more booming
is available. Dispersant has been
applied to more than 13 square miles
of oil slick, which has been somewhat
effective in controlling the spread of oil.
The Service is advising the Incident
Command on methods to mitigate the
damage from the oil on wildlife. It
also is conducting, coordinating, and
supervising search and capture for
The Service is conducting aerial flights
to identify oiled wildlife and help
facilitate recovery and treatment.
The Threat to Wildlife
Service personnel are concerned that
many species of wildlife, some already
threatened or endangered, face grave
risk from the spill. Ground surveys this
past week at Breton National Wildlife
Refuge, a 5,000-acre wilderness area,
found more than 34,000 individual birds
2,000 pairs of brown pelicans;
5,000 pairs of Royal Terns;
5,000 pairs of Caspian Terns; and
5,000 pairs of feeding, loafing, and
nesting gulls and other shore birds.
Species that could be affected by the
approaching oil slick include:
The Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill,
Kemp’s Ridley Leatherback sea
Large wading birds (Roseate Spoonbill,
Ibis, Heron, Egret);
Beach-nesting terns and gulls (Caspian
Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern,
Least Tern, Laughing Gull, Black
Bayou Sauvage NWR
Grand Bay NWR
MS. Sandhill Crane NWR Bon Secour NWR
Gulf of Mexico
Beach-nesting shorebirds (American
Oystercatcher, Wilson’s Plover, Snowy
Marsh birds (Mottled Duck, Clapper
Rail, Black Rail, Seaside Sparrow).
National Wildlife Refuges
Up to 20 National Wildlife Refuges
could potentially be affected by the
spill. Four are of immediate concern:
Breton Island National Wildlife
The second oldest wildlife refuge in
the country, established by President
Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. He visited
in 1915, the only refuge he ever visited.
Breton, which includes Breton Island
and all of the Chandeleur Islands in St.
Bernard and Plaquemine Parish, LA,
provides habitat for nesting wading
birds and seabirds, as well as wintering
shorebirds and waterfowl.; 23 species
of seabirds and shorebirds frequently
use the refuge, and 13 species nest on
the various islands. The most abundant
nesters are brown pelicans, laughing
gulls, and royal, Caspian, and Sandwich
From the French meaning “safe
harbor,” Bon Secour contains 7,000
acres of wildlife habitat for migratory
birds, nesting sea turtles and the
endangered Alabama beach mouse.
Refuge beaches serve as nesting sites
for loggerhead and Kemp’s Ridley sea
turtles. More than 370 species of birds
have been identified on the refuge
during migratory seasons, including
ospreys and herons.
Located in coastal Mississippi and
Alabama, Grand Bay National
Wildlife was established in 1992. The
10,200-acre refuge partially overlays
the Grand Bay National Estuarine
Research Reserve. Species found at
the refuge include the gopher tortoise,
red-cockaded woodpecker and brown
Established in 1935 in the delta at
the mouth of the Mississippi River,
Delta NWR comprises 48,800 acres
of marshlands and open water. The
primary purpose of the refuge was
to provide sanctuary and habitat for
wintering waterfowl. Species on the
refuge include: American alligator,
Brown Pelican, Arctic peregrine falcon,
deer, swamp rabbits and piping plover.
The marshes and waterways of support
a diversity of fish species, including
speckled trout, redfish, flounder, catfish
and largemouth bass.
For media: Joint information Center
numbers are 985/902 5231 and
Reporters with questions about the
Service’s wildlife response can call Tom
MacKenzie at 678/296 6400.
To report claims related to damages:
To volunteer: 866-448-5816.
To report oiled or injured wildlife:
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