Oil-soaked pelicans cleaned in Louisiana

  • Melanie Reed, left, and Danene Birtell from Tri-State Bird Rescue take an oil-soaked pelican out of a soap bath and into a water bath at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Workers from Tri-State Bird Rescue clean an oil-soaked pelican with warm water and dawn soap at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • A sign tells workers of Tri-State Bird Rescue which rooms are for clean birds at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Pelicans are put in a holding cage after cleaning to allow them to primp their feathers before being released at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Pelicans are put in a holding cage after cleaning to allow them to primp their feathers before being released at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • A pelican is put in a holding pool after it has been dried following cleaning to allow it to primp its feathers at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The outdoor cages allow pelicans to dry their wings before they are released at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Workers from Tri-State Bird Rescue clean an oil-soaked pelican with warm water and dawn soap at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Workers from Tri-State Bird Rescue clean an oil-soaked pelican with warm water and dawn soap at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Dr. Erica Miller, left, Danene Birtell, center, and Melanie Reed from Tri-State Bird Rescue clean an oil-soaked pelican with warm water and dawn soap at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Workers from Tri-State Bird Rescue clean an oil-soaked pelican with warm water and dawn soap at a makeshift cleaning facility next to Fort Jackson in Plaquemines Parish, La. on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The oil line can be seen past the protective boom at the surface of roseau cane at North Shore Bay at the mouth of the Mississippi River on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Clean roseau cane has not yet been contaminated with oil closer to the Mississippi River above North Shore Bay at the mouth of the Mississippi River on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. STEVEN JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD