August 10, 2010 - Up to a billion migrating birds stop over in the Gulf of Mexico region on their annual treks southward. Despite BP's capping of the Deepwater Horizon leak, scientists say the birds may face ill effects from the Gulf oil spill for years to come.

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Oil and Bird Populations
Oil and Bird Populations Activity

Best For
5 - 8

Earth Science, Biology, Geography

45 seconds

Appropriate For

  • Educators

Students learn about wildlife diversity in the Gulf of Mexico, including different species of birds that live in or migrate through the Gulf of Mexico. Students identify bird species’ feeding behaviors and dietary needs based on physical attributes. They discuss migration, the effects oil may have on migrating birds, and what can be done to help migrating animals when there is an environmental disaster like an oil spill.