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dpaynter asks:
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Are a birds feathers less effective at insulation after they are exposed to an oil spill and then cleaned up?

In Topics: Science fair, Nature and outdoors
> 60 days ago

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greenprof2
Apr 27, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Yes, at least for the short term. The degreasing agent used to emulsify the oil will also remove the natural oils on the bird's feathers. Until the bird is able to restore its natural oils in its feathers it will be more vulnerable to the cold, but without the removal of the petroleum oil, the bird will surely die.

Michael Bentley, EdD, Expert Panel Member

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