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Oiled Impacted Bird Collection Continues Along Louisiana Coast

BATON ROUGE (June 2, 2010) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists and associated state and federal partners continue to patrol the state's marshes and beaches for oil impacted bird species in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident.

LDWF biologists today rescued six oiled seagulls in Plaquemines Parish and found one dead pelican at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area.

Seven oiled sanderlings and one heavily oiled tern on the eastern end Grand Isle were also recovered.

All birds recovered are taken to the Fort Jackson rehabilitation facility in Buras. The facility is operated by Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Center and the International Bird Rescue and Research Center.

Since recovery efforts began along the Louisiana coast, 24 birds have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

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