Report any restaurants that do not cover their used cooking oil with a secure lid, to the county health department. It is illegal for it to be exposed and it is usually kept in the trash area. Each year, many seagulls as well as other wildlife, drown in large vats of oil that are not covered. The smell
leads them to think that they will find a meal, but sadly, they drown. instead.
The birds that do manage to escape, find them selves starving to death as they cannot fly away, they bake in the sun during the day, and freeze at night unable to keep warm. Look for oiled foot prints to find a bird that has moved since you last saw it. Enlist the help of several people to corner the bird close to the side of a building(do not chase it into open space). Use a large towel or net to capture the bird and place in a box that has plenty of towels in the bottom. The beak can give you a nasty bite so hold the head as well as the body, and keep it away from your face. The grease will leak through so placing some plastic protection underneath will avoid your car seat from being ruined if you transport the bird. Birds will often ingest large amount of oil trying to escape so treatment maybe necessary as well as several special washings. If you have to over night a bird that is oiled until you transport it to a rehabber, it is a good idea to place the box or pet carrier on top of a heating pad set on low during the night. Check the bird to make sure it does not over heat and make sure there is good ventilation.