Oil Spill Volunteer Shares Her Experiences Helping to Save Oiled Birds
When the oil spill began, Jennifer Hanna was one of the thousands of people that went online and signed up with Audubon as a volunteer. “I’m an animal lover, and I figured that they needed local volunteers that they wouldn’t have to put up in hotels or find housing for,” says Hanna, who owns the New Orleans restaurant Sucre with her husband. She was called up within a week or so, and ever since then has been making the hour and fifteen minute drive to Delta Marina in Empire, Louisiana, two to four days a week to transfer oiled birds from boats to the trucks that carry them to be cleaned. Audubon spoke with Hanna this week as she was waiting out a rainstorm, taking cover under an awning with fishermen and bird rescuers who would resume searching for more oiled birds as soon as the weather cleared.
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For more photos of oiled birds being cleaned, click here. For an interview with Audubon's Melanie Driscoll about mobilizing thousands of volunteers, click here. And here, Audubon's Greg Butcher explains why it's so difficult to keep birds away from oil.