Sheri and I spent a day doing the heroic and heart warming task of compiling all the medical records for the birds that had been cleaned of oil, and had moved out of the drying rooms.
I'm only being a little bit ironic, when I say that. The task was Herculean, and every single rehabilitator who saw what we were working on thanked us profusely.
All of the birds' care had been faithfully recorded from the moment they entered care, but not all of the information had been transcribed onto individual records. We didn't quite finish our task, but when we left at the end of the day, the birds were much closer to all having unique medical records. Now a rehabilitator or vet can glance at a bird's medical file and see if to has gained or lost weight, or if the problems that they may be observing are long-standing or new.
There have been over nine hundred oiled birds in care, and meticulous documentation is the key to tracking their recoveries.
For those wondering, here are the current statistics:
951 oiled birds brought in to the center
884 found dead in the field
Everyone is hopeful that that last number will be changing, soon!