Coast Guard Flies Migratory Birds to California – Video

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A Coast Guard HC-130 from Air Station Sacramento flew to Air Station Astoria, Ore. on Monday to pick up approximately 300 rescued migratory birds and transport them back to Sacramento.

The birds, which are federally protected, were rescued by the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in Astoria, Ore. The request for the transport came from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife after the center that was tending to the birds was overwhelmed by the number of animals it was receiving. The birds were being affected by a red tide phenomenon in the area that impacted their ability to survive in the aquatic environment.

Upon it’s return to Sacramento with the birds, they were transported to the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Fairfield, CA to be washed and rehabilitated. The Center is a state-of-the-art oiled wildlife facility.

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