On the evening of Wednesday, April 20th, the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, a special film aired on HBO, 'Saving Pelican 895'.
The award winning documentary chronicles the plight of a single pelican - from the time it was rescued, covered in oil, through the wash process and the bird's rehabilitation, to its return to the wild.
Through this extraordinary film viewers will get a first hand look at what a single oiled bird goes through and get a feel for the intensity of the whole process and how many people were involved, including a few familiar characters.
I'd like to point out that the comment made in the film - about it being best to leave flighted oiled birds to fend for themselves - this gives the wrong impression. The correct philosophy is this: any degree of oil or soiling that compromises a bird's ability to thermoregulate will cause its demise - even if the bird can fly. Oil does not wear off.