From CBC in Canada:
Last Updated: Friday, November 23, 2007 | 11:25 AM ET
An oil spill in San Francisco Bay two weeks ago killed and oiled thousands of birds, with a Canadian sea duck among the largest casualties.
Since the accident, at least 1,365 birds from 27 species have been found dead and more than 1,000 oil-slicked birds have been taken to a wildlife care centre for cleaning.
Oil on birds’ feathers impairs their ability to keep dry and warm, which forces them to shore and away from the food supply. It also can make birds sick if they ingest it while cleaning their feathers.
The surf scoter accounts for nearly 40 per cent of the captured birds and more than 25 per cent of the dead ones, said Michael Ziccardi, head of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which is leading the rescue effort.
Scientists say the population has suffered so much from the spill because they spend almost all their time in the hardest hit areas.
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