Posted: Oct 13, 2010 4:31 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Audubon Society says it has surveyed bird populations along Louisiana's oil-tainted shores and found them doing surprisingly well nearly six months after the BP oil spill.
But the bird society also cautioned that oil continues to ooze out of the ground in many places and multiple threats remain.
Bird experts with the New York-based bird conservation group walked Louisiana's marshy and sandy coast in September, counted about 10,000 birds and found only three with oil on them.
Another good sign: There were lots of young brown pelicans.
So far, 6,104 dead birds have been collected on the Gulf Coast since the spill started and 2,263 of those were visibly oiled, according to federal figures. By comparison, the carcasses of over 35,000 birds were found after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 in Prince William Sound in Alaska.