Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center Operations


VENICE, LOUISIANA, WHERE BIRDS CAUGHT IN THE OIL SPILL ARE BEING TREATED AND CLEANED.
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RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ABOUT 151 BIRDS.
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THERE ARE A FEW COMING IN RIGHT NOW. YESTERDAY WE RECEIVED 44 BROWN PELICANS AND A COUPLE OF OTHER BIRDS. THAT WAS YESTERDAY’S INTAKE. TODAY, MORE ARE COMING IN. I WILL LET YOU TAKE PICTURES OF THEM. WHEN YOU SEE THE ONES OUTSIDE, THAT IS WHEN THEY ARE CLEAN. WHEN WE PULL A FEW OTHERS OFF AND PUT THEM IN TIN FOIL, THAT IS FOR EVIDENCE. THIS IS WHERE THEY COME TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE BIRD, TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH THAT GETS KEPT BY THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND USED AS EVIDENCE. LATER ON, WHEN THEY WERE CUT THE COST TO THE ENVIRONMENT TO
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CHARGE BP, THEY USE THIS AS HISTORY AND SAMPLING. THESE BIRDS ARE TAKING A REALLY LONG TIME TO CLEAN, ABOUT ONE HOUR PER BIRD, BECAUSE THIS OIL IS REALLY GOOFY — GOOEY. WE ARE USING DAWN DISHWASHING DETERGENT AND A LIGHT CANOLA OIL.
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IT IS AN INTENSIVE PROCESS FOR THESE BIRDS. WE ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE THAT WE WASHED THESE BIRDS WITH THE PERCENTAGE OF ADANA.
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WE ARE DUMPING MODELS OF THE DON IN. PROCTER AND GAMBLE HAS BEEN DONATING IT — WE ARE DUMPING BOTTLES DAWN IN. PROCTER AND GAMBLE HAS BEEN DONATING IT TO US.
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WE STARTED TESTING DETERGENT IN THE 1970’S. DAWN WAS THE WONDER DETERGENT. IT WAS THE BEST AT CLEANING THINGS OFF. IT DOES WITH THESE AS WELL, BUT THEY TAKE A LOT OF SCRUBBING. CAN I GET SOME CANOLA? ONCE WE HAVE REMOVED ALL, OR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE OIL, THEN WE’VE RENTED THE BIRD. WE RINSE THEM WITH HIGH-PRESSURE WATER THAT BLAST SO AWAY FROM THE OTHERS, AND AS WE RINSE THEM, YOU CAN SEE THEIR NORMAL
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OTHER STRUCTURES START TO APPEAR AGAIN. — IN NORMAL FATHER IS STRUCTURED — NORMAL FEATHER STRUCTURE START TO APPEAR AGAIN.
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OUR JOB IS TO GET THE OIL OFF THE BIRDS. AFTER THE BIRD IS RINSED, IT GOES INTO A WORK GROUP — IT GOES INTO A ROOM THAT IS VERY WARM AND DRY. WHEN BIRDS STARRED PREENING, THEY STARTED PUTTING THE MICROSCOPIC STRUCTURE OF THEIR OFFENDERS BACK TOGETHER, AND — OF THEIR FEATHERS BACK TOGETHER, AND THAT STARTS GETTING THEM BACK TO NORMAL.
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HOW MANY OF THESE BIRDS SURVIVE? WITH PELICANS, WE HAVE A HIGH SUCCESS RATE. IT IS HARD TO PREDICT THIS EARLY IN THIS BILL. WE HAVE HAD RELATIVELY FEW BIRDS COMING IN COMPARED TO HOW MUCH OIL WE KNOW IS OUT THERE. WE ARE GETTING BIRDS FROM A VARIETY OF PEOPLE. MOST OF THE BIRDS COME FROM
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LOUISIANA PELICAN FISHERIES OR FISH AND WILDLIFE. OUR SEARCH AND COLLECTION FOLKS ARE PICKING UP SOME BIRDS FOR US. WE ALSO HAVE, OCCASIONALLY, SOME BOAT OPERATORS OR CONTRACTORS, AT SPILL CLEAN-UP CONTRACTORS TO BRING AS THE BIRDS.
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WHERE DO YOU RELEASED THE BIRD?
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WE WORK WITH FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. THEY PLAN FOR THE SAFEST AREA TO RELEASED BIRDS BASED ON THEIR SPECIES, BASED ON THE OIL TRAJECTORIES, BASED ON THE TIME OF YEAR AND THE MOVEMENT OF POPULATIONS. THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE
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SERVICE IS IN CHARGE OF RELEASES. WE RELEASED SOME BIRDS THIS MORNING AT ABOUT 4:15 A.M.
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THOSE BIRDS WERE TAKEN TO FLORIDA. THEY WERE TAKEN AWAY FROM THE OIL. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR GROUP. I AM WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BIRD RESCUE RESEARCH CENTER. WE ARE WORKING UNDER TRI-STATE BIRD RESCUE AND RESEARCH FROM DELAWARE.
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WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER FOR YEARS. TRI-STATE IS THE LEAD, AND WE WORK UNDER THEM. IS A GROUP OF VETERINARIANS? WE ARE ALL PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH THESE ORGANIZATIONS EITHER FULL-TIME, PART-TIME, OR ON A TEMPORARY BASIS. SOME ARE VETERINARIANS, SOME ARE WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS, AS SUMMER BIOLOGISTS, AND SOME HAVE SKILLS IN CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER AREAS THAT WE NEED. INOUYE IS FUNDING THESE OPERATIONS?
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BAYH — WHO IS FUNDING THESE OPERATIONS? OUR OPERATION IS BEING FUNDED

4 thoughts on “Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center Operations

  1. Dawn doesn't clean dishes very well, so it's great that it's perfect for wildlife. Thanks P&G for the donations!

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