The "now-defunct rule" will continue to protect birds from incidental take and other activities specifically intended to kill birds.
While there is no official estimate of how much crude oil spilled from the Alliance Refinery, LDWF said it could take weeks to save the affected wildlife.
To get a big-picture perspective on the plastics that plague beaches, scientists team up with volunteers along the California Coast.
In the last five decades US bird numbers have plummeted by 29%. As populations dwindle, so do the chances of species survival.