Birds Saved from Deepwater Horizon Oil Impacts Released at Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 08/27/2010

State and federal biologists today released another 79 birds rehabilitated after rescue from oil impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill along the Louisiana coast.

Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Mary Parish was selected by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as the release site due to its location and high quality habitat for the species involved.

"LDWF's coastal wildlife refuges and management areas provide thousands of acres of habitat not affected by the oil spill," said Robert Barham, LDWF secretary. "It is an encouraging sign for the wildlife recovery process to see more birds released each week."

The birds released today, which were treated at the Hammond Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, included gulls, herons, rails, roseate spoonbills and terns. To date, 978 birds have been treated and released in Louisiana as part of the massive wildlife rescue and recovery effort.

Atchafalaya Delta WMA in coastal St. Mary Parish includes 137,695 acres at the mouths of the Atchafalaya River and the Wax Lake Outlet. The WMA is managed by LDWF's Coastal and Non-game Resources Division.

To report oiled wildlife, call 1-866-557-1401 with date, time and location information. For a complete report on wildlife rescue and recovery numbers along the Gulf Coast during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, go tohttp://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/doctype/2931/55963.

For more information related to the oil spill, visithttp://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us onwww.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information, please contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 orbboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

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