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Minnesota State Bird The Loon Threatened By Gulf Oil Spill

 
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Minnesota State Bird The Loon Threatened By Gulf Oil Spill
It has been terrible to see Louisiana's state bird the brown pelican covered in oil. And dreadfull think of those residents of Louisiana and what it must be like to see their native state bird drowning in oil.

In the unfolding tragedy in the Gulf, a Minnesotan like me no doubt wonders how this calamity might effect me directly, thousands of miles away.

Well apparantly it can, and it will. The state bird of Minnesota is the Loon. And over half the Loons in Minnesota, migrates South and spends their winter in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thousands of miles up the Mississippi from Louisiana, it's not only your birds that are dying, it will be ours right here from Minnesota. And as the course of this disaster unfolds, other states may realize the devastation that has been wrought-

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Re: Minnesota State Bird The Loon Threatened By Gulf Oil Spill
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Nah. The loons all just migrated here to GLP.
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Re: Minnesota State Bird The Loon Threatened By Gulf Oil Spill
MN loons could be migrating to disaster in Gulf Coast
By Jana Shortal
Updated: 6/24/2010 10:22:33 PM

MINNEAPOLIS -- It is the environmental disaster that keeps on going. And in a very measurable way the Deep Horizon oil spill is going to have a direct hit on the state of Minnesota.

The state bird is in trouble.

"They are going to be exposed to this for a number of months we could lose a substantial number," Carrol Henderson of the Minnesota DNR said.

The beloved Minnesota loon winters in the heart of the oil spill disaster.

More than half flock to the Gulf Shores region off the Alabama and Florida coast come winter and sadly, Henderson said the loons cannot differentiate oil induced water from any other kind.

"They don't recognize a sheen on the water as danger; they can recognize a predator but oil is something they are not evolved to cope with so they are in big trouble before they know there is a problem."

And once in the water and oil mixture there is likely no way out.

"They can be in the oily soup before they realize their feathers and now too oily to fly again," Henderson said.

About 12-thousand loons migrate south from Minnesota every winter.

When they land in the gulf they don't stay close to shore, so if they get into trouble, rescue seems unlikely.

"They are out far enough I suspect a small number would be found in time to treat them," Henderson said.

And a family only has about one or two eggs per nest, so reproduction is timely.

That only makes the threat of losing them to this disaster, far more concerning.

And if they do make it out of the oil drenched region this time what are the long term effects?

"Immune function, reproduction, contaminated water in their systems," are just a few of the things that concern Minnesota Raptor Center Executive Director Julia Ponder.

Tomorrow waterfowl experts from around the state will meet with Senator Amy Klobuchar to discuss these issues at length.

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