FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 10, 2010
Contact: Michigan Oil Spill Media Center 888-363-8632
First Waterfowl From Kalamazoo River Oil Spill to be Released Wednesday
The first group of rehabilitated birds, rescued from the oil spill on the Kalamazoo River, will be released at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta. Depending on weather conditions and health status of wildlife, the release is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. Media interested in attending should call the Michigan Oil Spill Media Center at 888-363-8632 by 9 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11, to confirm the release has been approved.
The release will occur on the grounds of the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, located at 12685 East C Ave. in Augusta, approximately 15 miles north of Kalamazoo and 12 miles northwest of Battle Creek. Media are advised to take the following route to the release site: Take M-89 to North 40th Street, north on 40th and then left on East C Avenue. Follow East C Avenue to flashing red light, and turn right. The media entrance to bird release is four-tenths of a mile on the right. KBS staff will be posted to assist.
The Bird Sanctuary was created by W.K. Kellogg in 1927 as a refuge for Canada Geese, and other migratory birds, and was an important part of Trumpeter Swan restoration efforts in the 1980s. The area remains an important stopover location for migrating birds and waterfowl. The sanctuary offers 180 acres of diverse wildlife habitats situated on 40-acre Wintergreen Lake.
Media attending the release are asked to be quiet as the birds are released from their crates. Once the birds enter the pond where they are being released, questions may be asked. Staff from US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Focus Wildlife and the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary will be available for questions at the release site.
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