FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KGO) -- Rescuers are searching the Hayward Regional Shoreline for birds covered by a sticky substance that is causing many of them to die.
So far, volunteers have found more than 200 birds.
Even though the substance is not toxic, rescuers searching Monday afternoon are finding many dead birds. "What's killing them is that they've got this stuff on them that makes them cold. It separates their feathers and lets all the cold air and water in," Wildlife Emergency Service spokesperson Rebecca Dmytryk said.
Rescuers made up a wash that includes soap, vinegar and baking soda to clean the gunk off the birds.
Since it is not clear where the substance is coming from, the rescue groups are paying for the cost of cleaning the animals.
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