Oil Spill Answers from Bird Conservation Expert on the Ground in Louisiana
Yesterday, workers picked up an oil-covered northern gannet, the first bird rescued from the BP oil spill. It was taken to a treatment facility in Venice, Louisiana, where the oil slick has begun washing up on shore. Audubon’s Melanie Driscoll, director of bird conservation for the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, is in Venice to help coordinate bird rescue efforts. Driscoll set aside some time yesterday evening to talk about the challenges facing bird rescue workers, the search for volunteers, the species of greatest concern, and the beauty and rich birdlife of the region.
To report oiled wildlife, call 1-866-557-1401 and leave a message. Messages will be checked hourly. If you’re interested in volunteering with Audubon, click here. The Deepwater Horizon response team is also looking for volunteers to help identify affected animals:1-866-448-5816.