Tracking Oiled Pelicans After the Refugio Oil Spill
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network, a program of the UC Davis One Health Institute, placed satellite tracking devices on 12 brown pelicans affected by the Refugio Oil Spill, which dumped 100,000 gallons of thick crude oil along the coast near Santa Barbara in May. The pelicans were rescued and cleaned for several weeks after the spill before being released back into the wild. The tracking devices will monitor the birds' survival and help scientists see if they return to normal behaviors (like breeding ) after having been oiled. Watch the video to see how the pelicans' movements are tracked.