Spooky Spirits: Bird Faces That Scream Halloween!

  This young Double-crested Cormorant is undoubtedly the Bird Rescue patient with the best Halloween scream. Instead of candy, he’s actually hoping to get a big delicious fish to eat, and he won’t stop screaming until he gets one. Caring for these baby birds gets our team in the Halloween spirit as they have to … Read more

Patient of the Week: Brandt’s Cormorant

A Brandt’s Cormorant came to us last week after ingesting a fish hook and having two others lodged in its mouth. The two in its mouth were removed by our colleagues at Native Animal Rescue in Santa Cruz, but the hook that had been swallowed was a potential serious problem that may have needed surgery; … Read more

Pelican with Repaired Pouch Tear Returns to the Wild

Watch then video of treatment and release After a month in care that included a 4-hour procedure to repair its torn pouch, a healed Brown Pelican was released this week and is back at home in the wild. The adult female pelican was banded with Y54, a special blue-band that helps International Bird Rescue track … Read more

Brown Pelican’s Enormous Pouch Laceration Repaired

Remember Pink the Pelican back several years ago and its horrible pouch laceration? Another Brown Pelican patient has suffered an even worse sliced pouch. On August 30, 2020, a mature adult female Brown Pelican was found near the Ventura harbor in Southern California with an enormous pouch laceration – including both sides of her pouch … Read more

Seabirds in Distress: Penguin Look-alikes Showing Up On Northern California Beaches

A surge of seabirds beaching themselves along Northern California is overwhelming International Bird Rescue’s wildlife center. This summer over 200 sick Common Murres have been rescued and come into care. The birds – which resemble penguins but are more closely related to puffins – need a tremendous amount of care and Bird Rescue is asking … Read more

Great Egrets Released with GPS Trackers To Aid in Waterbird Research

The recent release of Great Egrets raised by International Bird Rescue and outfitted with special Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers will aid in the research of this majestic waterbird species. The GPS backpack was provided and fitted by our friends from Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) as part of a study of the movements and migrations … Read more