More Oiled Birds Rescued in Harbor Bay

Birds affected by the oil spill are still being rescued by members of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, who on Saturday, November 7, successfully captured an American Coot on Bay Farm Island at about 10 a.m.

On Friday, November 6, 2009, the East Bay Regional Park District opened Encinal Beach near Ballena Bay. Crown Memorial State Beach remains closed, and work crews were out on Saturday cleaning and monitoring the area.

The California Department of Fish and Game continues to ban fishing from Alameda Point at the northwest end of Alameda Island to the southern point of Bay Farm Isle.

The U.S. Coast Guard and others involved in the cleanup says it is likely that the oil that had accumulated at the south end of the beach, near the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, was remobilized by wind and high tide cycles that occurred late last week. As a result, access to the beach and mudflats is prohibited.

Oiled wildlife should be reported to 877-823-6926. Rescued birds that are caught will be cared for at a temporary care facility set up near Crab Cove and then moved to the permanent care center in Cordelia.

Janet Levaux