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Oiled Impacted Birds Released at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

BATON ROUGE (June 4, 2010) - Officials from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Thursday released back into the wild two birds rescued from oil impacted marshes along the Louisiana coast.

One Least Bittern and a single Cattle Egret, treated at the Fort Jackson rehabilitation facility in Buras, La., were released at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on the northern edge of the Atchafalaya Basin. The release of these oil impacted birds brings the total to 24 birds rehabilitated in Louisiana and set free following treatment in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident.

The rehabilitation facility is operated by Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Center and the International Bird Rescue and Research Center.

Sherburne WMA was chosen for the release due to the quality of habitat available for these species and the central location of the WMA in the state. The public land is located in the Morganza Flood way system of the Atchafalaya Basin and is situated in the lower and upper portions of Pointe Coupee, St. Martin, and Iberville Parishes respectively. LDWF owns 11,780 acres, the USFWS owns 15,220 acres and the remaining 17,000 acres is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The area is managed as one unit by LDWF.

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