Gulf Oil Response
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Important Bird Areas Affected by BP Oil Disaster
Billions of birds depend on a healthy Gulf region for breeding habitat, migratory stopover sites and wintering grounds. Oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster washed up across a thousand miles of U.S. coastline and reached 17 sites that Audubon has identified as Important Bird Areas. Monitoring the continuing effects of oil on birds and their habitats is still a priority, but Audubon is also focused on long-term recovery and restoration beaches, barrier islands, wetlands and other habitats. Our network of Gulf Coast IBAs will play a crucial role in that process.
Explore the map below to learn more about these special places, and the birds that depend on them. IBAs reached by oil are shown in red; unaffected IBAs are shown in green.