There is a lot at stake with this oil spill, including the fate of thousands of birds, who are just beginning their breeding and nesting seasons on some of the outer coastal islands. Among them is the brown pelican, the Louisiana state bird. If the losses are great enough, it is possible it could be threatened and possibly go back on the endangered species list. It was taken off the list in November 2009.
Not only are the animals themselves threatened, including mink, otters, shrimp, and other coastal birds besides the brown pelican, the livelihood of many coastal residents depends on the fish, shrimp, and other wildlife