11 December 2008: End of Day 4

Western grebe being rinsed (Erica Lander)

Western grebe being rinsed (Erica Lander)

All 3 birds were washed this afternoon and are recovering well. No additional oiled birds were captured today. Teams will continue searching tomorrow.

Lightly oiled birds are often able to remain offshore and elude capture for several days after they are initially contaminated. Once they begin to weaken from hypothermia and other complications, they seek the shoreline.

Soap must be completed removed after wash so that feathers can become waterproof (Erica Lander)

Soap must be completed removed after wash so that feathers can become waterproof (Erica Lander)

A capture team heading out (Nils Warnock)

An OWCN capture team heading out (Nils Warnock)

Traffic on the beach – people, and especially dogs – may discourage birds from coming ashore and keep them from getting the care they deserve. Do not approach birds that have beached themselves as this could drive them back into the water.

–Greg Massey, OWCN Assistant Director

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