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Jul 29, 2010 10:22 AM by Sharlee Barriere

16 Clean Birds Released in Southwest Louisiana

GRAND CHENIER, La. (AP) - Sixteen birds washed of oil from the
Gulf of Mexico spill are free in southwest Louisiana.
State and federal biologists released 13 laughing gulls, two
royal terns and a sandwich tern on Wednesday at Rockefeller State
Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier.
State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham says the
refuge and nearby areas provide the sort of habitat they need. He
says they hope to release more rehabilitated birds in Louisiana in
coming weeks.
The birds are among more than 550 released after treatment in
Buras and now Hammond, where the bird rescue station was moved this
month.
The Rockefeller state refuge is in eastern Cameron and western
Vermilion Parishes.

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