Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LADWF) offloading the crated birds for a release on Raccoon Island, Louisiana. Release locations were selected by the LADWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During the initial stages of the oil spill, when Louisiana’s coast was still contaminated, coastal and open water birds such as the brown pelicans were released in Florida, Georgia and Texas in the hopes that they would remain in clean areas. (Non-coastal birds, or birds that do not require open water such as the green herons were taken inland to Sherburn Refuge).