by Ted Land
Monday, June 7, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Some of the most critical oil-spill cleanup work in the Gulf of Mexico is being carried out by Alaskans who are rescuing birds and teaching local fishermen new skills.
Alaska has some of the most skilled oil-spill first responders in the nation, and their expertise is very much needed these days on the Gulf Coast.
Some of the region's suffocating, shivering, oil-soaked birds along the might survive -- if they're caught in time.
"Anything that's oiled comes to us, and we've had several hundred birds so far," said Alaskan bird rescue specialist Barbara Callahan, who's helping to rehabilitate wildlife in the gulf. "Predominantly we're getting brown pelicans, and those were just recently taken off the threatened list, so it is an important population and an important species."
Alaska Clean Seas, the company in charge of cleaning up spills on the North Slope, is also on the scene.