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November 18, 2007

Birds in care hits 1,023; 608 washed clean

Latest numbers on the SF Bay oiled bird response:

1,023 live birds in care
608 washed of oil
317 died/euthanized

38 Released birds

1,255 found dead in the field*

*Animals found dead include:
758 visibly oiled
295 unoiled
202 unassessed
2 raccoons

On Friday, November 16th, 38 birds – the first batch of cleaned birds – were released near Half Moon Bay. Report

Most of the birds treated include Scoters, Scaups, Grebes, Loons and Cormorants. A complete list of birds affected by the spill will be compiled at the end of the response.

Wildlife rescue crews comprised of IBRRC response team members, OWCN participants and wardens from California Fish & Game continue to comb the bay and beaches to collect oiled birds for treatment. Most of the avian victims are weak and in need of immediate attention.

All of the birds are being treated at the OWCN’s San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center in Cordelia.

Miles of beaches still remain closed after the 810-foot container ship Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog on Nov. 7, spilling 58,000 gallons of oil into the bay.

Full story on the oiled bird response

Updated numbers from OWCN: Saturday @ 9:00 PM, November 17, 2007.

Common Murre photo by Lisa Lazar

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4 Responses to “Birds in care hits 1,023; 608 washed clean”

  1. CountryLady Says:

    I’m glad to see a blog on something of interest though it’s a sad event – I’ve been hearing horrified about the ghastly spills in the Black Sea, at times I despair. It’s good to know where it can be something is being done. I’m a new blogger (actually hate the term, I’m a Luddite,mostly) & so far writing is talking to myself, but I enjoy it. Keep up the good work. I’m at
    http://www.homelyhousejournal.blogspot.com

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I really appreciate this site. thanks for providing all this information!
    It was a terrible, unfortunate event.

  3. Russ Curtis @ IBRRC Says:

    Thanks for your comments.

    Our blog or a diary if you will, has really helped IBRRC communicate the realities and emotions that are ALWAYS prevalent in oil spills.

    As ugly as this SF Bay spill continues to be, it has connected us to amazing group of volunteers and the public at large.

    Everyone’s outpouring of help and good wishes carries us all on.

  4. manu Says:

    hey..!! dear russ curtis…first of all congrats 4 maintaining such a nice blog and sharing ur views at this place…this event was surely the one which should not hav happened…but nevertheless.lets accept as a matter of fate..and look forware 4 sum serious remedies…
    contact me if u want on my blog

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