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  •  Wildlife update (9+ / 0-)

    Birds

    Dead = 4937 (>100 more than yesterday)
    Oiled/Alive =1985
    Cleaned/Released = 997

    Turtles

    Dead = 543
    Oiled/Alive = 517
    Cleaned/Released = 1560
    #Nests Transported =  278 (Odd: fewer than yesterday)
    Hatchlings Released = 12968

    Mammals

    Dead = 78
    Oiled/Alive = 8
    Cleaned/Released = 3

    "Sir, you are a very clever man, but not very wise. Everyone knows it's turtles, all the way down."

    by hester on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 10:31:47 AM PDT

    •  thank you as always, hester, (5+ / 0-)

      for your information. you inspire.

      The Addington perpwalk is the trailhead for accountability in this wound on our national psyche. [...you know: Dick Cheney's "top" lawyer.] --Sachem

      by greenbird on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 10:55:24 AM PDT

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    •  Re: nests transported (8+ / 0-)

      Either that could be a typo (most likely) or the figures could have included nests that were targeted for transport.  Late last week state of Florida officials in two north Fla counties (Gulf and Franklin) decided to end the transport of turtle nests due to lack of oil and good feeding conditions in the Gulf for those areas.

      I personally know that every turtle nest in Franklin County is marked with a date upon which the eggs were laid.  Volunteers walk the beaches early every morning at dawn to locate and mark new turtle nests.  The nests are marked with rope around the perimeter and a sign warning people to avoid the area.  So they know when the eggs in the nests are getting ready to hatch.  It is then that the nests were being trasported to the east coast for final incubation and release of hatchlings.

      On a positive note, we are nearly over 13,000 turtle hatchlings released.  I love these numbers.  

      In the past, an entire season's worth of turtle nests would be wiped out on St. George Island in Franklin County due to a storm surge from a major storm or hurricane.  Once the nests are inundated by water, they are no longer viable.

      So for the sea turtles, this program of transporting the nests has been a great success because so many hatchlings are getting a head start.

      There's no such thing as undead. Either it's dead or it's not. Either it's plugged or it's not. It's not.--Fishgrease

      by gulfgal98 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 11:01:54 AM PDT

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