The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 impacted Louisiana's coast in many ways. To do our part in determining how Louisiana's birds were impacted, we are continuing coastal surveys funded by the American Birding Association and private donors. These coast-wide surveys are performed by highly-skilled observers recording effort, numbers of each species, and oiling levels for individuals if present. With these data and the previous four years of bird atlas data, we intend to assess the impacts of this environmental disaster on our bird populations.
Our mission is to develop science-based resources for Louisiana citizens, policy makers, natural resource managers, land planners, and tourists. We develop these resources with projects that bring together the efforts of volunteer birders and biologists throughout Louisiana.