Saturday, March 19, 2011

Oiled Birds

For the past few weeks I have been seeing oiled birds around Parksville. No idea where the oil is coming from, but a call to a couple of agencies got me nowhere, which is pretty typical here in third world BC. Remember, criminally low taxes for business means no government services for anyone. And certainly none for wildlife. That's where citizens step up to the plate. A trio of eager birders led by Jeremiah Kennedy arrived in town today, and while looking through the massive gull and sea ducks at Parksville Bay, they came upon an adult White-winged Scoter that was oiled and too weak to fly. It took them a few tries and some pretty heroic barefoot running through the cold waters of Parksville Bay, but they eventually caught the poor bird, and hustled it off to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Center. Good work guys. A job well done.

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