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ACCESS NUMBER: 30951-16808
STUDY TITLE: Interactions Between Migrating Birds and Offshore Oil and Gas Structures Off
the Louisiana Coast
REPORT TITLE: Interactions Between Migrating Birds and Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms in
the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Final Report
CONTRACT NUMBER: 1435-01-99-CA-30951-16808
SPONSORING OCS REGION: Gulf of Mexico
APPLICABLE PLANNING AREAS: Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Central Gulf of Mexico, Western
Gulf of Mexico
FISCAL YEARS OF PROJECT FUNDING: 1998; 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2003
COMPLETION DATE OF REPORT: March 2005
COSTS: FY: 1998: $535,375; 1999: $362,981; 2000: $0; 2001: $0; 2002: $0; 2003: $0
PROJECT MANAGER: Robert W. Russell
AFFILIATION: Louisiana State University
ADDRESS: 2179 Energy, Coast and Environment Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Robert W. Russell
KEY WORDS: migratory birds; trans-Gulf migration; Gulf of Mexico; oil and gas platforms
BACKGROUND: Year after year millions of birds migrate during the spring and fall seasons.
During these migration seasons, birds will travel over the Gulf of Mexico using oil and gas
platforms as stopover sites. This study provides data and analyses of trans-Gulf bird migration
from three years of intensive study on 13 platforms located in offshore waters in the northern
Gulf of Mexico, and provides environmental information concerning the possible influence of
platforms on migrating birds.
OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted over a three-year period on 13 platforms located in
offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico and sought to address the following: 1) which species are
migrants; 2) are there specific migration routes; 3) when do migrants use platforms for
stopovers and how does the timing of platform use relate to seasonal and diel timing and
weather; 4) how many migrants use platforms as stopovers and how does that number relate to
the total trans-Gulf migration traffic aloft; 5) what is the condition of birds that use platforms and
what determines how long they stay; 6) do migrants use platforms in predictable ways; 7) and
how many migrants that stop on platforms depart successfully versus die, and why do some
DESCRIPTION: The platforms selected are representative of both structure and geography.
Field work was conducted on five platforms from mid-March to mid-May in spring 1998 and
1999 and from mid-August to mid-November in fall 1998. The study expanded with ten
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Russell, Robert W. Interactions Between Migrating birds and Offshore Oil and Gas Structures Off the Louisiana Coast, report, March 2005; New Orleans, Louisiana. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc955520/m1/1/: accessed December 11, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.