MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The director of a Gulf oil spill wildlife
rescue operation says more than 400 birds harmed by the oil have
been found on the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida
Ken Rice, the wildlife branch director for the operation in the
three states, said Wednesday that more than 190 with oil had been
found dead over the past two months. He said nearly 220 with oil
had been found alive for possible cleaning.
Rice, at a news briefing in Mobile, said the most impacted bird
was the Northern Gannet, which spends a lot of its life over open
seas. He said other birds impacted include Brown Pelicans, terns,
loons and shore birds.
Rice said a "substantial number" of birds harmed or killed by
the oil spill are not found, but he had no specific estimate.