Oil and Birds Don't Mix

When oil spills, birds suffer. Years after the worst marine spill in U.S. history, that's still painfully clear.

Crude oil washes ashore in Orange Beach, Alabama. Photo: Dave Martin/AP

The Birds of British Petroleum

Five years after the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, the author of The Tarball Chronicles grabs his binoculars and returns to the scene of the slime.

An oiled Brown Pelican rests after being cleaned at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, Louisiana, during the 2010 BP spill. Photo: Joel Sartore

Restoring the Gulf Coast

In a strange twist of fate, the biggest oil spill in U.S. history may end up saving the South’s wetlands and coastlines—if we make the right choices.

Thousands of mile of oil and gas canals have altered fragile Gulf marshes and allowed saltwater to penetrate coastal wetlands. A football field-size chunk of wetlands vanishes into open water almost every hour. Photo: Michel Varisco