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

BP Oil Spill

When oil spills, birds suffer. Years after the worst marine spill in U.S. history, that's still painfully clear.
Black-crowned Night Herons (like the one being released above) were one of the coastal species that needed to be rescued from the toxic aftermath of the BP oil spill.. Gerry Ellis
Gulf Restoration

Six Years Later: Deepwater Horizon and the Gulf Coast

Audubon and its partners are still working to help the Gulf recover from the catastrophic 2010 oil spill.

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. Joel Sartore

More Than One Million Birds Died During Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Research calculates the cost of the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history.
Audubon View

End Game

Five years after the Gulf oil spill, justice is about to be served.
Gulf Restoration

Why Louisiana’s Barrier Islands Are Essential to Seabird and Human Survival

Island restoration is an investment in coastal Louisiana’s future. Here’s how it works.

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. Michel Varisco

How to De-Oil a Bird

Dish detergent is the key ingredient, but the process takes more than suds.

Deepwater Horizon: the Enemy Is Us

The award-winning film The Great Invisible airs on PBS for the fifth anniversary of the largest spill in U.S. history.

Missing Oil From Deepwater Horizon Found On Sea Floor

The oil is trapped in sediment, but may trickle up the food chain.

Rigged Decks

Is the Gulf of Mexico a haven or a minefield for birds?

The Quest to Save a Pelican Rookery Decimated by Deepwater Horizon

Five years after the BP oil spill, funds from the disaster will finally help restore Cat Island.
Audubon in Action

BP’s Sleight of Hand

A BP-authored report claiming that the Gulf has recovered is inaccurate and insulting—here’s why.

BP Begs for Lower Fine for Deepwater Horizon

The oil company is arguing that dropping oil prices will make it difficult for them to pay their impending fine.