Due to a freakish and foamy algal bloom, migratory waterbirds in Washington and Oregon have gotten covered in a foamy slime, and are dying by the thousands.
Animal rescue facilities in the Pacific Northwest are over-loaded, and so they reached out to the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Northern California.
First, one hundred fifty birds were loaded onto a rental truck, and driven to IBRRC, and then the Coast Guard got involved, and flew hundreds more to Sacramento. (I'm unclear on the actual numbers, but it seems to be between three and five hundred.)
I spent the day helping out at IBRRC, and as always, it's quite an operation. I worked with the director of the Penguin Encounter at Sea World in San Diego, who also came in as a volunteer.
(I met one of her penguins, at a party that was thrown to thank the volunteers who worked on the Cosco Busan oil spill. That penguin got its own airplane seat, when it came up from San Diego. And the flight attendants love it when Sea World sends out its penguins. They allow the penguins to walk up and down the aisles of the plane.)
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