New Orleans, La. – Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research crews are set up to wash off birds that may get slimed by the oil spill threatening the Gulf Coast. Weather forecasts predict high tides with winds this weekend strong enough to push oil into the bays and inlets that line the southern Louisiana coast. Volunteers have been arriving to help set up floating barriers to stop the contamination from creeping into the environmentally sensitive area rich in wildlife. The U-S military and Louisiana National Guard are also being called in to stop a disaster that could end up worse than the Exxon Valdez tanker accident in 1989 in Alaska. Unlike the finite supply of oil aboard the Valdez, the current spill continues unabated at more than 200,000 gallons a day spilling from a well a mile under water.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.