I don't know what to say about the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I'm so horrified by the whole thing that I have trouble sleeping these days.
The wool seems to have been pulled over our eyes early after the rig explosion. It seems that the magnitude of the devastation is so massive that it could only be reported in small, gradually increasing doses. At first the local papers reported that although the well hadn't been capped, there'd be no problem. My how THAT'S changed in just a few days, as the truth has come out in its dribs & drabs. Today I read that this could prove to be the biggest, American, ecological disaster in decades, making the Exxon Valdez look like a Spring picnic. There were reports coming from New Orleans yesterday that people there could already smell the oil. Whether that's psychosomatic or not, I don't know.
This is a map of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges. Breton & Delta NWRs are in the most danger of contamination right now. There are reports that the spill has made landfall, but I've been unable to find out where (go figure.) I guess that'll dribble out of the media eventually too, like everything else.
TNC's White Kitchen Nature Preserve is part of the Pearl River basin, where we recently went on our swamp tour. Pearl River empties into the Gulf. Closer to home, Lake Pontchartrain, home of Big Branch Marsh NWR & my beloved Fontainebleau State Park, is not truly a lake--there are outlets to the Gulf on the west side. Northlake Nature Center is also connected to the lake by a bayou or two. I can only hope that the oil doesn't get in this far. Regardless, the devastation has begun.
Over 950 birds have already been taken in for cleaning (over 200 of them are brown pelican chicks.) Information on reporting oiled animals and on volunteering to help can be found here.
That's all I can stand to post on this subject right now. Like the media, I can only handle it in dribs & drabs.