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Watch them clean oiled birds

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 at 6:34 am in Oil Spills.

I went up to the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia on Nov. 11 (last Sunday) to observe them cleaning oiled birds rescued from the S.F. Bay spill. I took along one of our Times’ photographers (Jose Fajardo) so he could shoot some video of the operation.

Ever wondered what happens after an oiled bird gets rescued from the beach? If a wild bird has to get covered with oil, it should do it in California. Here’s why.

Take a look at Jose’s video:
http://www.bayareanewsgroup.com/multimedia/cct/2007/video/bogue12_1113/index.html

I’m also writing about this in my daily column in the Times, comparing how we used to rescue and clean oiled birds 36 years ago, with how it’s done today with modern state-of-the-art techniques.

My first column, “The Way It Was,” was published today (Nov. 13) and can be read at http://www.contracostatimes.com/garybogue

My second column, “State of the Art,” will be published on Wednesday (Nov. 14) and you’ll find it on that date at the same spot: http://www.contracostatimes.com/garybogue

Did you happen to be on a boat on the Bay at the time the ship hit the Bay Bridge, causing it to spill 58,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Bay? Did you observe, hear, or smell any of the events that took place? I’d be interested in hearing about it, maybe for use in a later column. If you’re up to it, please send me an e-mail describing what you saw to: gbogue@bayareanewsgroup.com. Thanks! /Gary

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