Local Help on the Way for Oil-Slicked Birds

Two local wildlife experts from the San Pedro Bird Rescue and Research Center are assisting with the bird recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast.

A veterinarian and bird rehabilitation expert from the International Bird Rescue and Research Center in San Pedro are in Louisiana helping care for birds affected by a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

So far, only one oil-slicked bird, a young northern Gannet, is getting care. But wildlife experts say hundreds of more birds will need to be cared for in the coming days. 

"We have this oiled bird that's in care down there but partly because the weather's been so bad, they've not been able to get crews out to do search and rescue on the beaches," said Paul Kelway, of the international Bird Rescue and Research Center.

Bird rescue experts are setting up warehouses in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida to care for oiled birds. More than 200,000 gallons of oil per day continue to spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

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