Boy, those photos sure bring back lots of memories. What a sad sight.
In my junior year of high school, I remember the huge oil spill in the Bay. A neighbor veterinarian, Dr. Navijo, opened up his ranch and clinic to try to save as many of the birds as possible. I was one of many who volunteered endless days and nights washing down birds and stuffing their gullets with fish and eyedroppers full of gruel. Those grebes are nasty biters! Dr. Navijo pioneered many of today's techniques for bird rescue during that time. We had an amazing survival rate and were able to return thousands of birds back to the wild.
I hope there are still people like Dr. Navijo around to help today's birds.
Butrflynet used to come home after hours of cleaning birds with oil in her long hair, on her clothes, her shoes, smelling of eau de oil cologne. That's where she met the love of her life, a wonderful photographer. Val told people he fell in love with a girl covered in bird **** the first time he saw her. Sadly, he died of a brain tumor.
Butrflynet's brother got a job with a company that used small boats to lay barriers on the bay's water to contain oil spills. Good thing he was a champion swimmer out in a small boat in the Bay currents. He came home a lot cleaner than his sister.
I donated money and food to the bird cleaning crews at the Vet's urban ranch to pay for the supplies they needed and food for the cleaning volunteers. Did you know that bird cleaners experimented with several detergents and soap until they discovered a little-known detergent, "Dawn", because it was the best oil remover from the bird's bodies without harming them. That's how Dawn got it's best seller start as the best grease-cutting detergent.