Monterey Bay algae bloom sickens 613 birds

Just as the San Francisco Bay spill response winds down, IBRRC is now busy again treating hundreds of oiled and sick birds washing ashore in Monterey Bay affected by an odd oily substance. About 613 birds have been rescued and at least 300 are being treated at the Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Wildlife Center … Read more

The top ten of sadness: Oiled bird species list

Species most often found covered in oil(In order of impact)1. Surf scoter2. Western grebe3. Eared grebe4. Greater scaup5. Horned grebe6. Ruddy duck7. Common murre8. Common loon9. Lesser scaup10. Clark’s grebe Dead oiled birds(In order of impact)1. Surf scoter2. Western grebe3. Common murre4. Western or Clark’s grebe*5. Brandt’s cormorant6. Greater scaup7. Eared grebe8. Double-crested cormorant9. Northern … Read more

Latest map of SF spill area and cleanup

The Cosco Busan oil spill is nearly three weeks old. Crews are still searching for oiled animals and working to remove oil from beaches and rocks. See the map (right) where the oil is being reported and where crews are working in San Francisco Bay. Read the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report on … Read more

1,053 birds arrived live; 767 washed

New bird care numbers for the SF spill, now more than two weeks old, have been posted: Birds arrived live: 1,053Washed: 767Died/euthanized: 472Released: 122Found dead in field: 1,544 Bird numbers also updated daily on this blog’s right hand column.If you do find an oiled bird, please call (415) 701-2311. OWCN numbers updated: 11/21/07 @ 8:00 … Read more

Birds don’t get a break this month

They say things come in threes and this month it’s proving catastrophically true for oiled birds worldwide. On the heels of the San Francisco Bay spill, this week a major spill hit the Black Sea area of Russia. Up to 30,000 birds are reported to be dead after an oil tanker leaked 560,000 gallons of … Read more

A call for volunteers: A personal account

In wake of oil spill, bird rescuers work against clock, the odds: “…A group of net-wielding bird rescuers in white Tyvek coveralls converged on the scoters from two sides. As the lead netter yelled, “Go, go, go, go, go!” they charged. The ducks, unaware that they were being rescued, fled for the water. Three got … Read more

Despite worries, Dungeness crab season opens

The Dungeness crab season opened as scheduled Thursday amid health concerns by those who wanted all fishing banned as cleanup continues on last week’s oil spill. The state announced that only the San Francisco Bay and three miles of Pacific coast, from Point Reyes to San Mateo County, would be off limits to commercial fishing. … Read more

More oiled birds washed; 951 now in care

Here’s the latest numbers on the oiled birds: 951 live birds in care394 washed of oil197 died/euthanized 884 found dead in the field* *Birds found dead include:225 visibly oiled115 unoiled544 unassessed Most of the birds treated include Scoters, Scaups, Grebes, Loons and Cormorants. A complete list of birds affected by the spill will be compiled … Read more

Donating to OWCN and network partners

From the Oiled Wildlife Care Network: “We want to make it clear that the costs associated with this current response will be paid by the party responsible for spilling the oil. If you would like to make a donation to the OWCN and its participating organizations for ongoing oiled wildlife care and rehabilitation activities, you … Read more