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Statistically Speaking: Birds and Boom in the Gulf of Mexico (VIDEO)

by Bill Chameides | July 23rd, 2010
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Numbers can tell a story — even provide a new angle to an ever-expanding one, like the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Check out our video for our story by the numbers.

The Gulf of Mexico: 10 Statistics

Sources and Links

Amount of boom set – DeepwaterHorizonResponse.com

Major report finding oil-recovery techniques and equipment (e.g., booms, skimmers) to be “primitive,” “ineffective,” “outdated” tools – Spill – The Wreck of the Exxon Valdez [pdf], by the Alaska Oil Spill Commission

Number of pelicans strictly marine in habitat – Brown Pelican Profile, by Cornell Lab of Ornithology

How much water the brown pelican can hold in its pouch – Brown Pelican Fact Sheet [pdf], by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Year the brown pelican was listed as endangered – Brown Pelican Fact Sheet [pdf], by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Year in which it was taken off the federal Endangered Species List – Brown Pelican Profile, by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Number of days it took to clean and rehabilitate the first oiled brown pelican – DeepwaterHorizonResponse.com

Number of rehabilitated brown pelicans that were released in Texas on June 24th – The Associated Press

Minimum number of dead birds collected as of July 20 – Deepwater Horizon Response Consolidated Fish and Wildlife Collection Report [pdf]

Minimum number of birds (all species) rehabilitated and released as of July 20 – Deepwater Horizon Response Consolidated Fish and Wildlife Collection Report [pdf]

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