More than 2,000 baby seabirds are alive because of the heroic efforts of Bird Rescue staff and our partners. The seabird crisis in Long Beach Harbor that started in early July is evolving from an immediate rescue into a long-term response.
As International Bird Rescue begins the important task of releasing the rescued Elegant Terns back into Long Beach Harbor, the birds are getting some special reddish-pink markings. The alcohol-based ink is being applied to each bird’s head and chest feathers.
Hungry and cold Elegant Terns continued to be rescued by Bird Rescue and partners in Long Beach Harbor. The focus is on three key priorities: ongoing rescues, expert patient care, and working to remedy this crisis in partnership with federal, state, and local authorities.
One special Elegant Tern chick that was rescued this week at the ongoing Long Beach Harbor barge event – against all odds – has captured the hearts of his rescuers.
The Southern California seabird rescue has turned into an extraordinary effort on the part of International Bird Rescue and its multi-agency partners. Since July 7, more than 460 young Elegant Terns have come into care.
Update: 467 seabirds rescued as of July 17, 2021 @ 10:00 AM More than 460 Elegant Tern chicks that were startled off their nesting site in Long Beach Harbor have come into care at International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, CA, and more of these young seabirds are being rescued this week. Watch video These
This month we are re-introducing you to some past International Bird Rescue folks. The first person on our list is Jose M. Barredo-Barberena. Chema, as he is known to most, was raised in Mexico and received his Bachelor of degree in Veterinary Science from Universidad Veracruzana. Shortly thereafter, Chema was accepted into Bird Rescue’s International
During our 50th year, I think about the countless bird releases that have happened through the years and how that affects populations today. This year alone, nearly 4,000 birds will be cared for and returned to the wild from our wildlife rehabilitation centers.
In addition to our two year-round facilities in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, Bird Rescue also maintains the Alaska Wildlife Response Center (AWRC) located in Anchorage, Alaska. The AWRC stands ready to answer the need and receive oiled wildlife within hours of notification of a spill. Designed to care for all species
Like all good hero stories, the journey of Dave Weeshoff from mainframe computers to bird champion began with a single step. His passion for birds began in late 2004, shortly after his retirement from IBM, when he read an article in the Los Angeles Times about an oil spill, and the team of responders who were rehabilitating oiled birds.
Over the past 50 years, we have learned so much about the amazing waterbird species that we care for. We are excited to share what we know and give you an inside look at our work during our 2021 Virtual Open House. Tune in weekdays on July 12 – 23 for brand new video content
International Bird Rescue is caring for 18 herons and egret chicks rescued from a tree cutting event in Yuba County. A neighbor alerted Sacramento Heron & Egret Rescue (SHER) and the group rescued about 20 young birds. All were stabilized at a local vet clinic and SHER then transferred them to our San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center.
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.
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.
In wildlife rehabilitation, we often run up against the reality of ‘nature, red in tooth and claw’ in our work. We totally get that many wild animals survive by eating other wild animals, and predators need to eat just as much as the animals they prey upon. However, sometimes the prey animal fights its way
Common Mergansers are without a doubt some of the cutest babies we see in care, they have very particular dietary needs that come with a hefty price tag – each one is likely to require several hundred dollars worth of minnows before they are grown.