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November 27, 2007

Released birds now total 231

More than 231 cleaned birds have been released back in the wild. Birds are being set free at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay. This at the Point Reyes National Seashore area about 40 miles north of San Francisco.

As of November 26, 1,060 oiled birds arrived live to the bird center in Cordelia. A total of 782 have been washed of oil.

At least 1,693 dead birds have been collected in the field.

November 21, 2007

Release birds total now at 106

Another batch of cleaned birds were released back into the wild Tuesday at Heart’s Desire Beach at Tomales Bay. This brings the total of birds relased to 106. All of these birds were affected by the November 7, 2007 San Francisco Bay oil spill. They stabilized, fed and washed of oil at the IBRRC/OWCN bird rescue center.

The 30 birds released included 21 Surf Scoters, five Western Grebes, three White-winged Scoters and one Clark’s Grebe.

Another group of birds are planning to be released soon at Tomales Bay.

See story and photos on the first bird release

November 20, 2007

35 more birds released today

Another 35 birds were released back into the wild Monday at Heart’s Desire Beach at Tomales Bay. All the birds were washed of oil at the IBRRC/OWCN bird rescue center.

The birds released included 16 Surf Scoters, 17 Western Grebes, one Black Turnstone and one Common Loon.

The bird release was moved north because tar balls have been discovered in the water around Half Moon Bay – near the first release site. Last Friday, 38 washed birds were released at Pillar Point Harbor about 25 miles south of San Francisco.

Tar balls are fragments or lumps of oil weathered to a semi-solid or solid consistency. These are most likely remnants from the SF Bay oil that occurred on November 7, 2007.