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June 22: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Students And Pittsburgh Penguins Mascot Iceburgh To Send Care Packages To Volunteers Cleaning Oil-Soaked Bayou Pelicans

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Chriss Swaney               
412-268-5776
swaney@andrew.cmu.edu

Media Advisory:
Carnegie Mellon Engineering Students And Pittsburgh Penguins Mascot Iceburgh
To Send Care Packages To Volunteers Cleaning Oil-Soaked Bayou Pelicans

Event: Carnegie Mellon University engineering students and the Pittsburgh Penguins mascot Iceburgh will be on hand to pack care packages for volunteers washing and cleaning oil from the feathers of rare brown pelicans at a rehabilitation center near Venice, La.

As part of the campaign, "Pelican Plight — Save the Bayou Birds," Dawn soap detergent, paper towels and rubber gloves are being collected to send to members of the Committee for Plaquemines Recovery in oil-swamped Louisiana.

Benny Puckett, president of the Committee for Plaquemines Recovery, said nearly 30 birds a day were arriving at the rehabilitation center near Venice. The oil covering them is so thick that volunteers say they use one bottle of Dawn for each bucket of water, and three buckets to wash each pelican. Already, area businesses have donated supplies, including rubber gloves and paper towels from Cotter's Country Cottage and Eiler's Hardware in Oakmont. Oakmont Bakery also has designed a special cake for the campaign to save the birds.

"We would be grateful for anything you can send us to help these rare birds and our fragile environment," said Puckett. "We are extremely impressed with this student effort."

In addition to the package assembly line, children from the Cyert Center for Early Education are creating handmade get-well cards for the endangered birds. The cards will be sent in an ornate wishing well. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

When: Noon, Thursday, June 24

Where: Scaife Hall Garden, off Frew Street, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213

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