Black Rail, banded and released

Photo by Isabel Luevano An elusive bird that hides in thick marsh vegetation, the Black Rail is listed as a near-threatened species (and formally listed as a threatened species by the State of California). The rail’s wetland habitat, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) notes, “is threatened by pollution, drought, wildfires, groundwater removal, … Read more

Bay Area bird lovers: You’re invited to a heron release!

Release site at MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline Park in Oakland At least two of the young Black-crowned Night Herons injured during an Oakland tree-trimming incident that made national headlines have healed from their wounds and are ready for release in East Bay marsh habitat on Saturday, June 7. And you’re invited! BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON RELEASE … Read more

Weekend muses: An egret family

Photo © Silvermans Photography If only all of our family portraits could be this perfect … A banded Snowy Egret cared for by our SF Bay center team, now in the wild and with chicks. Check out photographers Susan and Neil Silverman’s work at

Director’s note on the Oakland heron incident

Friends, We appreciate all the support of the community over the past several days regarding the incident at a heron rookery in Oakland, CA, and we understand the outrage that many are feeling. International Bird Rescue (IBR) wants everyone to know that the proprietor of the tree-trimming business has committed to funding the care of … Read more

Baby herons survive woodchipper incident in Oakland

Some of the young Black-crowned Night-Herons rescued from the incident. Photo by Isabel Luevano A grisly scene emerged out of the San Francisco Bay Area when tree trimmers in Oakland recently were allegedly caught feeding downed branches full of Black-crowned Night-Heron nests and chicks directly into a woodchipper. The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Officials at … Read more

Ducklings at our wildlife centers

With the arrival of the year’s first ducklings, baby bird season is upon us again, and we need your help. Landscaped yards, road medians and industrial landscaping have replaced many natural nesting areas for waterfowl. After their eggs hatch, ducks and geese walk their young to the water facing man-made obstacles such as storm drains, … Read more

Orphan season: Green Heron

Photos by Cheryl Reynolds Over the past week, both International Bird Rescue’s wildlife centers in California received orphaned baby birds. Our Los Angeles center is caring for four orphaned ducklings, while our San Francisco Bay center has Canada goslings, Mallard ducklings and a Green Heron, shown above being fed via puppet surrogate. This patient was … Read more