Experts from the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences warned today about the potential impact of a weekend oil spill in Texas on nesting migratory shorebirds.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a collision between a barge and a ship near Galveston Bay caused approximately 168,000 gallons of oil to spill into the water.
The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, one of Manomet’s partners in the area, has an ongoing study to look at oystercatcher populations in Texas.
They are working to “understand threats to nesting oystercatchers and develop a long-term stewardship program,” Schulte said.
Photo Credit: Manomet Shorebird Conservation Specialist Brad Winn