New Orleans, La. – Five times as many oiled birds arrived at the Fort Jackson rescue center near Venice in one week than the previous six. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service says that last week,
66 birds were taken to the center. In one week - almost 350 more have arrived. Louisiana is recording by far the biggest numbers of oiled wildlife. Other Gulf Coast states threatened by the spill are Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. So far, centers in those three states have also received about two dozen birds. In all, 40 have been treated and released in regions far from areas in danger from the spill. Wildlife experts say the birds have a 50 to 80 percent survival rate.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.