LDWF: Over 100 birds found oiled post-Ida, first two rehabilitated birds released into wild

Louisiana News

FRANKLIN, La. (BRPROUD) — Two marsh birds have been released back into the wild after they were found oiled at a refinery post-Ida.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) said the release took place on Thursday at Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge.

LDWF reports over 100 birds stained with oil with at least 34 birds currently residing at a rehabilitation facility in New Iberia. Of the 100 birds that were documented by LDWF agents, they had “some degree of their bodies stained with oil.”

Birds identified by LDWF include black-bellied whistling ducks, blue-winged teal and varying egret species. Other animals have also been found with oiling, such as alligators and river otters.

LDWF said they are working with the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The refinery where some birds were found, Alliance Refinery, will also be helping with recovery.

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