Posted: Oct 7, 2010 9:40 AM by Nichole Larkey
COCODRIE, La. (AP) - The pelicans, laughing gulls and a black crowned night heron that were released on Raccoon Island are last major group of oil-leak affected birds to be released in Louisiana after their rehabilitation.
On Thursday about 20 people were on hand as the birds flew away.
Wednesday's release was a milestone for the work that's gone on since the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20 and subsequent leak that released 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Rhonda Murgatroyd, wildlife branch director for the oil leak response, says it's been at least three weeks since a new report of an oiled bird has been received