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Thread subject: Saving "oiled" Bird Efforts
Name Date Message
Celeste 06/05/10 05:08 am Came across some links and a video regarding the efforts of saving wildlife affected by the oil spill.

Bird Cleanup

Saving one at a time

And this article about "one" Pelican

(THEODORE, Ala.) - Wildlife experts rescued a brown pelican from the Cochran-Africatown Bridge Friday. Saturday, workers began cleaning the bird at a rescue center in Theodore. It was 100 percent oiled, says oiled bird rescue specialist Erica Lander. It was head to toe. The pelican is the ninth bird to find a temporary home at the Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Center in Theodore. The bird is still a juvenile, just beginning its life, and now beginning the rehab process. We don't necessarily wash them the minute they come in, says Lander. We do an evaluation of their overall health. We draw blood. We give them medication and fluids if necessary and we also get them eating. Landers says she first had to be sure the bird was healthy enough to go through the vigorous washing process. Then, workers placed the bird in a warm bath with Dawn dish soap. Pelicans have no functioning nostrils, so if you hold their mouths shut they can't breath, says rehab center manager Michelle Bellizzi. So we do have to take care to make sure they are allowed to breath through the process. After several dips in the tub, workers rinse the bird and place it in front of an animal dryer. But the next step in the rehab process can't be done by the workers. The pelican has the hard job of preening its own feathers. Landers says the bird uses its bill to realign the feathers so they can become waterproof again. She hopes that in the next few weeks, the bird can return to its real home in the wild. So far, I'm happy with how the wash went and the bird is doing very well, says Lander. So we have a really good feeling about this one.
Melanie 06/05/10 04:21 pm "Pelicans have no functioning nostrils, so if you hold their mouths shut they can't breath, says rehab center manager Michelle Bellizzi."

Hmmmm . . . when we were doing our pelican roundup and that's exactly how we restrained them - by grasping their bills shut (gently, of course). At times we had to hold them like that for up to 5 minutes until the bander got to us. We were never cautioned about not holding them for long. that's the first time I have ever heard that.
FOB Webmaster 06/05/10 04:54 pm It seems that info is repeated on the Net a lot (including here for example). Maybe you should mention that to Harry.
Tiger 06/05/10 06:24 pm Here is an interesting way of helping you visualise the size of the spill. See Oil Spill
Celeste 06/05/10 08:50 pm That is very interesting...particularly since it shows one's particular home area, and really gives a strong sense of the magnitude of this disaster.
Carla 06/07/10 08:23 am I don't watch the news about the spill anymore because I can't take watching all the wildlife suffer. Thanks for the map, Tiger; and that is how large it is now; how much bigger will it get? I have also printed and emailed the "how to cut a bird from your line" part of the article (from Lisa) to pass on to all the fishermen I know.

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