I was busy with other things, so I did not note the one-year "anniversary" of the cargo ship Cosco Busan ramming into the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and spilling tens of thousands of gallons of bunker fuel into the bay.
If you are interested in reading (or re-reading) what I wrote at the time, click here, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page, and read the postings from the bottom to the top. When you finish with that, click the link on the right-side margin that says "oil spill" and finish reading from the bottom to the top.
Here are a few links to articles:
International Bird Rescue Research Center
Oiled Wildlife Care Network
The San Francisco Chronicle
Overall, 1,858 birds were found dead in the field. 1,084 were brought in for care at the center where I volunteered. 653 died or were euthanized. And 421 were set free, to live their lives in the wild. The numbers seem a bit grim, but two things are worth noting. First, the oil spill happened just at the moment that the birds had arrived in the Bay Area after their fall migration, so many of these birds may have been under-weight and stressed from their journeys. Because of this, their overall heath may have been compromised even before the spill. Secondly, four hundred and twenty lives saved is still four hundred and twenty lives saved.
We must celebrate every success, no matter how small.