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February 13, 2008

What’s killing the birds in Richardson Bay?

At least 160 birds have turned up dead along the shores in Richardson Bay near Tiburon and UC Davis scientists are expected to report this week on what caused the deaths.

The birds certainly could have been affected by two recent sewage spills in Marin County that dumped nearly 5.5 million gallons of partially treated sewage into the northern part of San Francisco Bay. Those spills occurred on January 26 and 31. The birds started appearing shortly thereafter.

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Tiburon reported an unusual number of dead birds following the spills. There was also speculation that these birds could have also been suffering from remnants of the Cosco Busan oil spill that hit the bay on November 7, 2007.

Media reports:

Alarming spike in Richardson Bay bird deaths, San Francisco Chronicle

Necropsy Results On Dead Birds Due This Week, NBC-TV 11

Bird toll mounts on Richardson Bay, Marin IJ

January 8, 2008

Vinnie’s Odyssey: The journey of an oiled cormorant

Two months after the Cosco Busan oil spill, the bird center has been deactivated from treating oiled birds, but memories AND media stories are still surfacing. I meant to post this one about Vinnie, the adorable double-crested cormorant rescued and stabilized in Marin and washed of bunker oil in Cordelia.

This nice piece by writer Jim Staats and photographer Jeff Vensel appeared in the Marin Indepedent Journal just before Christmas. They followed an oiled bird from rescue to rehabilitation. The slide show of photos and audio capture the hard work by everyone involved.

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