SC bird center making plans to head to Gulf

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The executive director of the Center for Birds of Prey on the South Carolina coast says the center plans to dispatch workers to help clean oiled birds in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jim Elliott said Thursday the worst of the spill hasn't come ashore because of Gulf currents. But he says it's inevitable there will be hundreds of oiled birds.

The center near Charleston established a hospital to treat oiled birds two years ago. But Elliott says many it's not likely many birds could be brought all the way back to Charleston because heavily oiled birds would not survive the trip.

The center is making plans to send teams to the Gulf when the extent of the disaster is better known. Elliott says about 80 center staffers and volunteers are qualified to treat oiled birds.

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