More than 170 seabirds
have been injured by an oil spill off the coast of San Francisco,
and officials at the oiled-bird rescue center in Cordelia
are asking for immediate help from the public.
Needed are volunteers age 18 or older who can
work four-hour shifts at the center, helping trained rehabilitators
clean the birds, prepare food, clean pools and wash soiled
towels. Shifts run from 8 a.m. to noon, noon to 4 p.m., and
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All bird care is directed by specialty veterinarians
of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center and professional rehabilitators
of the International Bird Rescue Research Center.
Persons interested in volunteering should call
the San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center
at (707) 207-0380, extension 107.
Just two weeks ago, about two dozen oiled birds
were brought to the rescue facility. All had been injured
by a spill from an unknown source. About half of those survivors
have recovered and been released back into the wild. The rest
are still recovering.
Officials said today they did not know yet whether
the oil slick discovered on Saturday (Dec. 8) is from the
Thanks to research advances, oiled birds that
make it to a well-qualified rescue center have a very good
chance of survival. For example, after the Treasure Spill
off Cape Town, South Africa, in the summer of 2000, the veterinarians,
rehabilitators and volunteers who cared for 20,000 oiled penguins
saved more than 90 percent of the birds.
The San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and
Education Center is one of 25 rescue centers in the California
Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN), which is the world's most
sophisticated rescue system for oiled wildlife. The 12,000-square-foot
facility can care for up to 1,000 birds. 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 and Game's Office of Spill
Prevention and Response. The Fish and Game monies come from
interest on the $50 million California Oil Spill Response
Trust Fund, which was built from assessments on the oil industry.
The UC Davis Wildlife Health Center is a unit
of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
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Sylvia Wright, UC Davis News Service,
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