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Title: Seabird-oil spill behavior study. Volume 2. Technical report. Final report

This volume provides a technical discussion of a two year (1980-1982) study on the behavior of seabirds encountering oil-contaminated water. An information survey, undertaken in this study, indicated that out of nearly 300 references to seabird/oil research only 12 articles addressed the topic of seabird behavior in the presence of oil. Available evidence does, however, indicate that seabirds avoid or try to avoid making contract with petroleum oil. Field observations and experiments conducted in the study areas of natural oil seeps in the Santa Barbara Channel, California, revealed that (1) abundance of seabirds in the study area was relatively low when compared to that in oil-free areas of the Channel; (2) the age and/or the residency status of Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis), Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis) and Heerman's Gulls (Larus heermanni) were related to the frequency of interaction of these birds with oil.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6635723
Report Number(s):
PB-84-179548
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: See also Volume 1, PB84-179530 and Volume 3, PB84-179555
Research Org:
Nero and Associates, Inc., Portland, OR (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; BIRDS; BEHAVIOR; OIL SPILLS; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; ABUNDANCE; CALIFORNIA; SURVEYS; TOXICITY; ANIMALS; FEDERAL REGION IX; NORTH AMERICA; USA; VERTEBRATES 020900* -- Petroleum-- Environmental Aspects; 520200 -- Environment, Aquatic-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (-1989)