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Oil sands and seabirds don’t mix

Chris Genovali Island Tides April 9, 2009 I’m on my back on the aft deck of Raincoast’s research vessel. My repose is involuntary as we ply the lumpy waters of Haida Gwaii’s west coast. Not one prone to sea-sickness, I nevertheless feel like my head is virtually nailed down, a result of the interminable chop.

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Marine Birds

Two sea gulls fight over a herring on the surface of the water

The coastal waters of British Columbia support remarkable seabird populations. Marine Bird surveys undertaken between 2005 and 2008 have amassed over 14,000 marine bird sightings with over 70,000 individuals counted and are being used to identify important habitat.

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