June 16th, 2010
01:13 PM ET

Louisiana cleanup crews trampled pelican nests, official says

CNN Wire Staff

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/US/06/16/louisiana.trampled.nests/story.trampled.nests.jpg caption="The nesting grounds of brown pelicans and other birds have been affected, the Plaquemines Parish president says." width=300 height=169]

Venice, Louisiana (CNN) - Crews cleaning up the oil in one Louisiana parish have trampled the nests and eggs of birds including the brown pelican, which came off the endangered species list last year, the head of the parish said Wednesday.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said the parish doesn't want to turn away contractors, but he called for more care when crews work in the sensitive wetlands.

He said officials recently found broken eggs and crushed chicks on Queen Bess Island, near Grand Isle.

Plastic bags containing snare boom were "recklessly placed" around the island without consideration for wildlife. In one picture released by the parish, a plastic bag was on top of a nest containing broken speckled eggs.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Heather Rhodes

    This is Horrific! We all need to help in some way! Those poor birds.

    June 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  2. Judy

    This is so very sad. Why can't people do things without causing more harm. Just think about your doing.

    June 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm |