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Rescue of Algae-Slimed Birds

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Uploaded on Oct 31, 2009

Scientists are puzzled by a strange algae bloom that has endangered wildlife along the Oregon - Washington coast. At this point, they don't know the cause, but the effect has been devastating on migratory sea birds.

On Saturday, October 24, IBRRC drove a huge van, filled with about 150 slimed-birds, from Astoria, Oregon to the hospital in Fairfield, California. The van arrived that evening, and volunteers and staff worked till 3 AM Sunday morning unloading the birds, tubing them with a hydrating solution, and putting them to bed. The last task involves attaching donuts to their breasts to mitigate keel sores and attaching cotton booties to their feet to mitigate foot and hock wounds.

The following Monday, the US Coast Guard flew about 300+ more birds to Sacramento. The birds were then transported to our Fairfield hospital.

As of yesterday, the majority of the birds had been washed and transferred to pelagic pools outside, where they will finish their recovery and then be released.

For more information and pictures, visit our website at http://www.ibrrc.org/

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