Here’s the daily update of oiled wildlife care during the Gulf Oil Spill:
On Wednesday the Alabama Oiled Bird Rehabilitation center received its first oiled bird, a Royal Tern. It was captured on Horn Island. Continued efforts to search that island and others in that region are ongoing.
The other centers did not receive any new oiled birds.
Half of our Search & Collection teams in the Louisiana were grounded yesterday due to high winds and unsafe seas. The other half was able to work some areas near the Eastern side of the Mississippi River delta area and spotted a few oiled pelicans but were unable to capture them.
The governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, visited us for a tour at the Fort Jackson Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Center.
We will keep you updated on any new developments.
– Jay Holcomb, IBRRC Executive Director
Here are the latest bird numbers:
Ft. Jackson, LA Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Center
Live oiled birds (intaken in LA since beginning of the spill)
2 brown pelicans
2 northern gannet
1 green heron
1 laughing gull
(one of the live gannets died)
Dead on arrival oiled birds
2 northern gannets
1 magnificent frigatebird
Pensacola, FL Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Center
Live oiled bird
1 northern gannet
Theodore, AL Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Center
live oiled bird
1 Royal Tern
Total birds Released: 2 (1 brown pelican, 1 northern Gannet)