First Two Birds Found In Oil Spill Released
The first two birds rescued from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were released back into the wild this week!
The first bird was a Northern Gannet rescued on April 27th near the source of the leak. The other was a Brown Pelican that was discovered on Stone Island in Breton Sound on the Louisiana coast. The birds were treated at a facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the birds Monday afternoon at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge which is located north of West Palm Beach on the Atlantic coast of Florida.
From the IBRRC:
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge was the nation’s first wildlife refuge, established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. It was selected as the release site because it is located within the Indian River Lagoon, the most biologically diverse estuary in the United States. It has a large population of Gannets and Pelicans for the two rescued birds to join, and is out of the current oil spill trajectory.
With the help of the International Bird Rescue Research Center and the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research teams, these two birds were successfully rehabilitated. If you like what these organizations are doing, please visit their sites to find out how you can make a donation!