It’s day eight of IBRRC’s Gulf Oil Spill response and Executive Director Jay Holcomb, has his daily update:
Yesterday we had 5 capture teams in the field working with US Fish & Wildlife. They were able to make it as far east as Gossier Island, the Breton Islands and some of the Chandelier Islands. A few oiled gulls and pelicans were sighted but those birds had only spots of oil on their bellies. They were flighted and looked good.
The teams did see oil at the shore of the Chandelier Islands and birds in the area. The rest of the team broke up and looked westward at the outer islands of the Pass-A-Loutre Wildlife Management Area and did not discover any oiled wildlife other than a few laughing gulls with small spots of oil on them.
Six teams are out again today looking in different areas for oiled birds.
We received one oiled green heron at Fort Jackson, LA center that had landed on a boat near the oiled area. The bird is in good health and has already been washed.
The other centers in Theodore, Alabama, Gulfport, Mississippi and Pensacola, Florida are still on alert and the staff is continuing to build cages and prepare for the potential impact of birds.
Here are the latest bird numbers:
Fort Jackson, Louisiana Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Center
3 live oiled birds
- 1 brown pelican
- 1 northern gannet
- 1 green heron (came in yesterday)
3 dead oiled birds
- 2 northern gannets
- 1 magnificent frigatebird (came in yesterday)
Pensacola, Floria Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Center
1 live oiled bird
- 1 northern gannet
Thanks for all your support,
– Jay Holcomb, IBRRC
International Bird Rescue is working with the main responder, Tri-State Bird Rescue of Delaware. IBRRC has 16 response team members on the ground including veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitation managers and facilities and capture specialists.
Accredited Media are welcome to visit the Fort Jackson, LA rescue center any day from 1 pm to 2 pm. It’s located at MSRC, 100 Herbert Harvey Drive, Buras, LA.