For the first time since the Gulf Coast oil spill began, Georgia’s coast will be a part of the wildlife rescue process.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 72 pelicans cleaned of oil are on the way to Brunswick. They’re being flown from New Orleans International Airport to the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport. From there, a caravan will take them to the Brunswick Coast Guard Station for release on Georgia’s coast.
This represents the largest release since the first bird coated by oil—a gannet—was found in late April.
Last week, over 60 pelicans were set free on the Texas coast.
There have been earlier releases of cleaned-up birds in Florida and other parts of Louisiana.