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Birds and oil

English GK

Moritz Wohlers

on 27 September 2012

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by: Maxi, Steffi, Karen & Moritz Birds and oil Bird-habitat Mexican Gulf Oil spills and their effects Birds come in contact with oil
Feathers stick together --> lose waterproofing capabilities
Birds can neither stay afloat nor regulate temperature --> have to get to the shore, but can't fly anymore Birds lose their buoyancy and try to preen themselves
They ingest the oil --> may cause severe damage on inner organs
The birds often die even if they reach the shore What to do with oiled birds? At first: Don't touch it! It would cause stress and could hurt you and the bird. Call the Wildlife Reporting Hotline. And tell them your location. An experienced team of experts will capture the bird... ...and bring it to a wildlife rehabilitation center. The bird will be cleaned and can hopefully become a part of the environment again. How is an oiled bird cleaned? The bird will be hindered to ingest the oil (e.g. by tying up their beaks)
It gets medicine against stress & is checked up by a veterinarian
It is washed with warm water and mild detergent After the washing process the bird is placed in a special cage where it can dry and preen itself
The cleaned birds can rest in outdoor cages with pools till they're fit enough to return to the wild. The birds are released in areas with minimal risks... How successful is the returning to the wild of cleaned birds? ...but many of them die because of the stress or organ failure from ingested oil. And still: Every rescued bird is a success, especially rare birds which can save the continuity of the species! Sources http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/01/RSPCABird2G_468x284.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2260/2459598382_d406916491.jpg SirMisterPostelSirs papers
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