Huntington Beach Canal Spill – Winding down

Sunday evening and the Recovery and Transportation team from the weekend gets a well deserved break.  We had a team out on Saturday and Sunday from Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center and the International Bird Rescue and Research Center.

Over the weekend, a number of dead birds were found but none of them had any obvious signs of oil.  This is not surprising since winter storms typically lead to peaks in dead seabirds being found on the beaches.  This coupled with the lack of new live, oiled birds has prompted OSPR and the OWCN to place R&T efforts on standby.  Over the next days, OSPR folks will continue looking for oiled birds and if recoverable, live oiled birds are seen, we will have R&T personnel go back out.

In the next few days, I will try to get a summary of the spill out.  In the meantime, I want to especially thank the staff of Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center as well as the International Bird Rescue and Research Center for their great efforts.  All spills, large and small, are tiring to work at, and these people did a great job, as did OSPR personnel and other responders.

– Nils

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