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Middletown Transcript
  • Grant will help Tri-State rehabilitate oiled Gulf Coast birds

  • The work Newark-based Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research has done helping wildlife threatened by the Gulf oil spill has not gone unnoticed.


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  • The work Newark-based Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research has done helping wildlife threatened by the Gulf oil spill has not gone unnoticed.
    Pattern Energy, a renewable energy company based in Texas and California, recently donated $100,000 to support Tri-State’s efforts. The company produces wind energy in the Gulf of Mexico.
    “I had the opportunity to witness firsthand as Tri-State helped to rescue and clean pelicans and other birds on the Gulf Coast and we are proud to help support their tremendous work,” said John Calaway, Pattern’s director of wind development.
    The funds will help bolster Tri-State’s endowment, said Rebecca Elzey, director of development.
    The organization, which was founded following an oil spill in the Delaware River in 1976, was called into action shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20.
    Tri-State has set up four temporary facilities in each of the Gulf states struck by oil, Elzey said, where workers are receiving, washing, rehabilitating and then releasing all varieties of oiled birds.
    Many of the birds are weak and dehydrated when they are brought in and must be given time to rebuild their strength before they can be released, she said. The birds are released into safe areas outside the oil spill's reach, she said, and some have been sent to parts of Texas and Florida.
    For those working in the bird treatment centers, the heat, humidity and increasingly steady stream of oiled birds present daily challenges, she said.
    “But one of our biggest challenges is the duration,” she said. “We’ve already been down there for three months and the response could go on for many more months.”
    Tri-State is especially excited to receive Pattern’s donation, Elzey said, which will help the organization continue its work on the Gulf Coast and elsewhere.

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