Posted: Jul 20, 2010 7:02 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jul 20, 2010 7:03 PM
DRY BREAD ISLAND, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife
and Fisheries says oil hit St. Bernard Parish and killed more than
Department official Robert Love said Tuesday that it's the first
significant effect on wildlife in the parish behind the Chandeleur
Islands, which were hit in early May.
Love said crews found about 130 dead birds and 15 live birds on
Monday. Most were laughing gulls, with about four tricolored herons
and a rail. He says the live birds included a roseate spoonbill.
Many were on Dry Bread Island - about 30 miles east of Alluvial
City - or in Drum Bay, northeast of the island, he said. The area
is east of Lake Borgne, and there's far more water than land.
More crews were out Tuesday in the same area, and they picked up
32 oiled gulls - all alive - in the Chino Bay area, a bit north of
the area where impacted birds were found a day earlier, Love said.
Dozens of other birds were found dead, but the species have not
been identified yet, he said.
Love said even though oil from the BP spill has currently
stopped flowing into the Gulf, the effect will be long-lasting.
"There's still a lot of oil out there in the Gulf and it moves
with the tide and the wind," he said. "When that happens we shift
our resources and respond to calls about oiled areas or those we
find through our own reconnaissance. We expect to handle these
types of oil-impact events for at lest the next 60 to 90 days."