ASR to help oil-soaked birds

BALLINA-based Australian Seabird Rescue president Marny Bonner will fly to the United States on Monday to assist with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in the wake of the ongoing BP oil spill.

Ms Bonner will travel with ASR’s south coast co-ordinator Julie Clarke and will liaise with US authorities to determine the best way they can help following reports that volunteers have been having difficulty catching the distressed oil-coated brown pelicans. The group is considered one of the world authorities on rescuing the birds.

General manager Rochelle Ferris said the group’s website had been inundated with emails of support and donations since it put out the call for assistance on Wednesday to get their skilled wildlife rescuers to the devastated gulf.

“We’re still trying to work out how much we’ve received as the website crashed,” she said yesterday. “BP Australia have been assisting us with inquiries and have helped us to establish contacts in the US.”

The group has two teams ready to go once the partnerships and protocols are worked out.



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