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Just Another Day at the B[P]each: Oiled Birds, Dead Birds, & More!

Posted by Laurie Frost on June 4, 2010

I’ll let the Coast Guard’s own captions explain these pictures. You can find many more, as well as videos, at the Coast Guard site.

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GRAND ISLE, La. – An oiled reddish egret walks along a beach in Grand Isle, La., May 20, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon/BP incident began washing up on beaches here exactly one month after the drilling unit exploded. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley. [100520-G-8744K-006]

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FT JACKSON, La (May 15, 2010) — Dr. Erica Miller, a member of the Louisiana State Wildlife Response Team, cleanses a pelican of oil at the Clean Gulf Associates Mobile Wildlife Rehabilitation Station on Ft. Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La., May 15. The station has stood up to provide support for animals that may have been affected as a result of the April 20 explosion on the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)[100515-N-6070S-056]

Some birds are lucky —

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BELLE CHASSE, La. – A rehabilitated oiled brown pelican stands in a crate at Joint Naval Reserve Base Belle Chasse prior to being transported for release at Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge, just outside of Tampa Bay. The bird was cleaned at Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley.[100523-G-8744K-009]

And some are not —

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VENICE, La. — A U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer observes Raul Sanchez, a refuge law enforcement officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, tag a dead pelican for an analysis of its death on Bretan Island, La., May 20, 2010. A thorough investigation into the bird’s health will determine whether the bird’s death was due to oil contamination or from some other cause. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann. [100520-G-7944L-117]

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 PORT FOURCHON, La. A member of a Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Team removes oil from a beach in Port Fourchon, La.—part of ongoing response efforts to minimize shoreline impacts from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill, May 23, 2010. The teams—made up of representatives from the Coast Guard, the State of Louisiana and workers contracted by BP—are working to clean up any oil that washes up on the Louisiana coast. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley. [100523-G-8744K-003, 100523-G-8744K-004]

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RACCOON ISLAND, La. – Members of a Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team (SCAT) follow a trail of oil debris on the shoreline of Raccoon Island, May 12, 2010. Raccoon Island is a protected bird breeding sanctuary with a variety of breeds. SCAT is working in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, BP, local residents and other federal agencies to aid in preventing the spread of oil following the April 20 explosion on the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathen E. Davis. [100512-N-1531D-328]

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