What: Wildlife specialists will release birds
oiled in the "San Mateo Mystery Spill."
When: Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 at 1 p.m.
Where: On beach at Gulf of the Farallones National
Marine Sanctuary Visitor
Center, on West Crissy Field, San Francisco
Visuals: Beautiful, clean seabirds (mostly common
murres, which look like
little penguins) will be let out of boxes to walk into San
Francisco Bay, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
Background: Almost 1,200 oiled seabirds have been
collected along the Central Coast since Nov. 24th, 2001. Murres
are a species of seabird most commonly affected by oil spills
in California. The birds were treated, cleaned and rehabilitated
at the new San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Careand Education
Center, in Cordelia, by UC Davis veterinarians, the staff
of International Bird Rescue Research Center and many volunteers.
The center, which opened February 2001, is one
of nine rescue sites in the statewide Oiled Wildlife Care
Network (OWCN), the world's most advanced rescue system for
oiled wildlife. The 12,000-square-foot facility can care for
up to 1,000 birds affected by an oil spill in the San Francisco
Bay Area. It includes an animal hospital, cleaning areas,
and pools and aviaries for recovery.
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network is funded by the
California Department of Fish & Game Office of Spill Prevention
and Response (OSPR) and managed by UC Davis. The International
Bird Rescue Research Center has its headquarters at the Cordelia
facility and is coordinating the birds' rehabilitation in
Directions: Meet on the beach adjacent to the
Visitor Center of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine
Sanctuary, on West Crissy Field, San Francisco. Directions
Return to list of
Karen Benzel, International Bird Rescue
Research Center, Karen@ibrrc.org
Office: (831) 622-7588
Sylvia Wright, UC Davis News Service, (530)
Dana Michaels, OSPR Public Affairs, (916)