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November 17, 2007

Birds don’t get a break this month

They say things come in threes and this month it’s proving catastrophically true for oiled birds worldwide.

On the heels of the San Francisco Bay spill, this week a major spill hit the Black Sea area of Russia. Up to 30,000 birds are reported to be dead after an oil tanker leaked 560,000 gallons of oil into the sea. The tanker broke in half after encountering stormy seas. CNN Video Report

Two team members from our joint IBRRC/IFAW Emergency Response team are already on their way to help. See the IBRRC report

Closer to home, a spill of suspicious origins along Santa Cruz County beaches is causing concern. Dubbed the “Moss Landing Mystery Spill,” this spill has left nearly 100 birds tainted with a clear oily substance of unknown origins.

IBRRC’s San Pedro Bird Center was activated to handle the first wave of oiled birds. Since then the Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz has also started treating birds. See IBRRC update

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4 Responses to “Birds don’t get a break this month”

  1. Helena Says:

    Wish we could do something (in UK). Terrible that this keeps happening.

  2. Laura Says:

    I’m an avid bird watcher from NY. I thank you so much for doing this work for us…. You’re carrying out the will of so many of us that are far from the scene. Thank you….

    Laura

  3. amarilla Says:

    And it’s Thanksgiving…

  4. Earvin Says:

    The picture you posted with the bird oiled that much is really disturbing… Like other species are suffering because the irresponsibility of some of us.

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