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Request for information on "soaked" seabirds"

Lynn Miller, February 20, 2013

The wildlife rehabilitation community may be able to help. The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) will post your request to their members and place it in the research folder on the website, so please forward it to Kai Williams at The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) may be able to help also. The NOGA's we receive here on Cape Cod, MA, with waterproofing issues are often behavioural strandings and storm wrecks, where the birds may have lost water proofing due to other contaminants or circumstances - mud, feces, force feeding, inability to preen, etc. I am also exploring other underlying causes of these strandings, and routinely draw blood samples and collect feathers, as well as necropsy any mortalities.

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Deborah Jaques

Greetings Michelle. Contamination with fish oil is certainly a problem for brown pelicans in California and to a lesser extent, Oregon. I have been working with wildlife rehabilitation groups in both states to document occurrence in pelicans and address associated issues. In 2012, a collaborative project to prevent such injury in northern California harbors was initiated with government funding and involvement from multiple stakeholders. Reports are in prep. Please feel free to contact me directly for further communication. There will be many of us on the west coast interested in your work as well. Thanks for posting.

Michelle Bradshaw (née du Toit)

Michelle Bradshaw (née du Toit)

Many thanks for all comments so far in response to my request for information. I will contact individuals directly for further correspondence. - Michelle