May 20, 2011 8:14 AM by Sharlee Barriere
COW ISLAND LAKE, La. (AP) - Bird rehabilitators have swooped in and rescued osprey chicks and eggs from Louisiana wildlife areas threatened by floodwaters.
The rising waters unleashed by the Morganza spillway's opening has sent people and wildlife searching for higher ground while leaving chicks and other animals at risk.
A commercial tour guide who usually shows them to tourists and photographers got federal approval for the rescue, saying the nests would soon be under water or in reach of alligators.
Rescuers say they hope the water in the Atchafalaya Basin will go down soon enough so the chicks can be returned to their nests while their parents are still around.
A statewide group of licensed volunteers says five baby owls, a Mississippi kite and baby raccoons also have been brought from the flooded area.