Jul 22, 2010 5:58 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The number of dead birds collected on the
Gulf Coast has more than doubled in the past month as oil from BP's
broken deepwater well continues to wash up on islands and beaches
rich in bird colonies.
So far, officials say 2,599 dead birds had been collected on the
Gulf Coast as of Thursday, the latest numbers available. A month
ago, 1,046 dead birds had been collected, according to official
By comparison, the number of other dead animals being reported
by officials has not climbed as steeply. For example, in the past
month the number of dead sea turtles has grown from 411 to 483 and
dead mammals from 47 to 62.