Trampled Eggs & Bird Nests

June 16, 2010

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser met with Senator David Vitter, and Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States. President Nungesser pleaded for a more “pro-active” approach to seeking out and rescuing the pelicans and other wildlife endangered by the oil. He asked the Humane Society to work with the contractors cleaning the birds to come up with a better way to enlist the help of volunteers. Dozens of people, including experienced veterinarians coming from all over the area and the country, should be brought in to help save our wildlife.

“We shouldn’t be turning them away, we need all the help we can get,” said President Nungesser. “We want to improve our comfort level of knowing someone is out there looking for these birds and other animals – doing all they can to save them.”

The Plaquemines Parish Inland Waterways Strike Force recently discovered broken eggs and crushed chicks on Queen Bess Island. As you can see in the pictures, plastic bags containing snare boom were recklessly placed without consideration for the natural wildlife on the island.

“The people BP sent out to clean up oil trampled the nesting grounds of Brown Pelicans and other birds. Pelicans just came off the endangered species list in November of last year. They already have the oil affecting their population during their reproduction time, now we have the so called clean up crews stomping eggs,” said President Nungesser. “The lack of urgency and general disregard for Louisiana’s wetlands and wildlife is enough to make you sick.”

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