Rehabilitated Birds Released at Tomales Bay

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Department of Fish and Game’s Oiled Wildlife Care Network released approximately 35 birds that had been treated for oil exposure.

The seabirds, including common murres, surf scoters, western grebes, and a ruddy turnstone, were released at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay. The rehabilitated seabirds had been impacted by the Nov. 7 oil spill in San Francisco Bay.

Heart’s Desire Beach is adjacent to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, one of three national marine sanctuaries located offshore of the Golden Gate bridge area. Heart’s Desire Beach is also within the Tomales Bay, an area designated as a “Wetland of International Significance”. Thousands of species of birds inhabit this area.

Approximately 1,039 live oiled birds have been collected, and are currently being rehabilitated by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. Rehabilitation typically takes ten days, depending upon the condition of the bird when it was collected.

Unified Command Teams will continue to monitor beaches in order to determine if any beaches become re-oiled as a result of weather events, such as increasing wave height conditions. Concerned citizens should call (415) 398-9617 to report any sightings of oil on beaches.

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