An oil spill that
remained a mystery for several months has now been attributed
to a freighter that sank almost fifty years ago off the northern
California coast. The San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care
Center in Cordelia has been receiving oiled birds, mostly
common murres, since November 24, 2001.
"Although the source of the oil has been
found, we have not stopped rescuing oiled birds," said
Scott Newman, a veterinarian with the Oiled Wildlife Care
The intake of oiled birds has once again increased
and the network is appealing for volunteers, especially those
who have already gone through the OSPR/OWCN HAZCOM training,
to call the Center at 707-207-0380, extension 107, and schedule
time to help at the center.
The total number of birds found reached 1,866
on March 21, 2002; of those 232 were washed, rehabilitated
and released; thirty-nine are currently in care; 477 died
or where humanely euthanized and 1118 were found dead.
International Bird Rescue Research Center, which
manages the Cordelia center, is also looking for volunteers
for their year-round rehabilitation program. For more information
visit their website at www.ibrrc.org.