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May 14, 2010 9:41 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

Oiled Bird 1st to be Treated at Ala. Rescue Center

FORT JACKSON, La. (AP) - Bird rescue workers say a royal tern
found on a Mississippi barrier island is the first oiled bird to be
treated at a rescue center in Alabama.
Jay Holcomb, spokesman for the rescue groups, says it was caught
on Horn Island and brought Wednesday to the center in Theodore,
Ala.
He says the Louisiana center next to Fort Jackson is treating a
brown pelican, a green heron and a laughing gull. And there's a
northern gannet at the center in Pensacola, Fla.
Holcomb says the gull and a northern gannet were brought to the
Louisiana center Tuesday, but the gannet died. Searchers also have
found three dead oiled birds: two gannets and a magnificent
frigatebird.
Holcomb puts updates on a blog at the International Bird Rescue
Research Center in San Francisco, where he is director.

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