The Weekly Bittern #2: COME and go HOME

Dear Friends of International Bird Rescue– [slideshow_deploy id=’14286′] Did you see Jurassic World yet? In the film, there are four Velociraptors that are shown as fast and savage hunters. Allow me to introduce International Bird Rescue’s very own “Velociraptors”–a set of four baby Common Mergansers that clearly demonstrated in their feeding habits how they are … Read more

Influx of Black-crowned Night Herons

This is baby bird season and at each of our two California centers we’re beginning to see an influx of young aquatic birds – especially Black-crowned Night Herons. A handful of these sharp-beaked birds are in care at our Los Angeles Center after being found at two separate rookeries in Marina del Rey and in … Read more

A side-by-side comparison …

Photo by Isabel Luevano Yes, this orphaned Black Rail chick really is the size of a cotton ball. This photo was taken during the chick’s brief afternoon weight check (good news, weight is up!). We’re working with researchers of this rare and little-understood species to photo-document the chick as it grows while avoiding human interaction … Read more

Our cottonball-sized patient of the week: Black Rail chick

Photo by Isabel Luevano Dear friends, In a cozy, leafy incubator within International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay center, you’ll find the smallest aquatic bird patient we’ve ever cared for. This is an orphaned baby Black Rail, an elusive bird and a threatened species in California due to habitat loss. The cottonball-sized chick was found … Read more

A new life begins …

With a little help from a friend, a duckling makes its way into the world at International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles center. Video by Paul Berry, summer 2014. These two are currently among friends: By last count, the Southern California center has 22 ducklings and eggs in care.