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South GA wildlife specialists fed up with BP

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -A bird specialist from the Flint Riverquarium is preparing for a trip to the Gulf coast to rescue and rehab birds caught up in the oil leak.

Amanda Barber is part of a group of south Georgia animal experts that expected to be called into action. They still haven't gotten the call, but Barber doesn't want to wait any longer.

She's holding a yard sale this weekend to raise money for the trip. It's a great way for people in Albany to help out with the rescue effort.

It's part of Barber's job to rescue birds and she hopes to raise enough money to travel to the coast and help animals in danger.

Bird Specialist Amanda Barber is used to helping injured or orphaned birds. She has to feed a baby mocking bird every 40 minutes. Summer is bird season which is a busy time for her.

Now she's getting ready for her yard sale Friday to raise money for her trip to the Gulf. Flint RiverQuarium employee Vicki Churchman is more than happy to help.

"I really think what she's doing is important and she's got skills that most people don't have and her help could be really vital to the Gulf Coast Cleanup," said Churchman.

Barber says she's tried multiple times to get in touch with officials working with the BP effort and she's had absolutely no luck

"We are frustrated and fed up," said Barber. "BP is not saying anything and we are not getting responses back from any of the agencies. It's frustrating. We don't know what's happening but we are seeing a lot of animals covered in oil."

That includes a washed up dolphin on shore. A friend who's going down with Barber brought me this picture of a washed up dolphin on Port St. Joe Beach. She says another one washed up the same day. Wildlife experts have not confirmed if oil ingestion caused it.

Barber is determined to help as many animals as she can, especially the birds that have always held a special place in her heart.

Barber plans to use the money she raises to travel down to Florida next week.  She hopes to volunteer her time at a rehab facility on the Western Panhandle.

That yard sale will be Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 132 Pine Lakes Circle.

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