After 119 days in care at our Los Angeles Wildlife Center, we are overjoyed report that an adult male Brown Pelican flew gracefully back to the wild in early June. When the pelican was rescued near Santa Barbara’s Stearns Wharf in February, he was in rough shape.
Taking Action Every Day
International Bird Rescue’s wildlife clinics are open year-round to provide critical care to seabirds beyond treating oiled wildlife. In 2019 alone, rehabilitation teams admitted over 3,500 birds between our two California clinic locations. These patients were brought to us by the general public and affiliated wildlife groups. Our focus has been to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis – since 1971 we’ve admitted over 125,000 birds and the count continues.
What's New in the Blog
It’s a common myth that the waxy substance from a bird’s uropygial, or “preen”, gland is what makes feathers waterproof. This is not the case. While the waxy secretion is vital for the long-term health and maintenance of each feather, it is the remarkable physical structure of the feather itself that makes feathers waterproof.
Our Yes We Peli-CAN! Virtual 5K is back!
This event is open to participants all around the world. Our goal is to raise awareness surrounding the birds that share our natural spaces, and raise $30,000 to support the care of injured, oiled, and orphaned water birds at our two wildlife rehabilitation centers.
WAYS TO HELP
Did you spot a Blue-banded Brown Pelican or another banded bird?
Please follow the instructions to report your sighting. These citizen science reports are vaulable in the study of rehabilitated wildlife.