When a crisis like the recent oil spill arises, Bird Rescue’s team of trained professionals jump into action. This event was an opportunity for some of our newer staff members. including Kelly Beffa, to gain field experience at the Los Angeles wildlife center.
Whenever there is an oil spill the question inevitably comes up ‘Why rehabilitate oiled birds? Throughout our history there have been naysayers who question the value of rehabilitating oiled wildlife and their longevity. However, we now have strong data to support the survival of oiled wildlife.
Seven oiled Western Snowy Plovers have been recovered from beaches in Orange County. Thankfully, Bird Rescue has years of hands-on rehabilitation experience caring for this threatened bird species.
We are working alongside our partners in the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN), and we are in the field engaging in animal search and rescue, as well as teams in the Los Angeles wildlife center providing cleaning and care to animals affected by the oil spill.
International Bird Rescue has been activated at Orange County pipeline oil spill in this multi-agency response. We are working with and through our partners at the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to help mitigate the impact on wildlife.
On July 1, 2021, two Elegant Tern chicks were brought to our Los Angeles wildlife center having been found on the jetty in Long Beach Harbor. Little did we know that those two chicks were the harbinger of a major seabird crisis about to unfold.
The migration movements of Great Egrets are once again being studied with the help of partnership with our friends at Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR). Two rehabilitated egrets were released with small Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers.
Our long-time partner, Dawn Dish Soap is launching #DawnSavesWildlife Challenge: Minecraft lovers will compete to design the most creative wildlife environment for a chance to win prizes worth up to $30,000.
We can’t wait for you to get out there and get walking for the birds! As you complete your Virtual 5K, please remember to take pictures and share on social media.
On June 25th, our Los Angeles Wildlife Center received an adult Brown Pelican with a horrendous injury to her face – the bone that forms the top third of the upper bill had been virtually sheared off and was hanging by a thread. Here’s her story of recovery.
This bird release was extra special: Little Mike the tiny seabird rescued from near drowning in Long Beach Harbor, has been returned to the wild. The Elegant Tern spent a month in our wildlife center getting special care and gaining weight (more than 100 grams) and strength. Back in early July, Little Mike was
Three Western Snowy Plover hatchlings had a rough start in life. For unknown reasons, their parents did not return to the nest for more than 24 hours. Biologists from San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory grew concerned. Here’s their story.
Over a month has passed since Bird Rescue jumped into action to respond to a seabird crisis in Long Beach Harbor. In that time, over 2,500 birds have passed through our hands, more than 650 of them brought to our wildlife center for care.
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.