In Time of Crisis: #LookUp

Updated: April 7, 2020 “I go to nature to be soothed, healed and have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs While it can be easy to feel overwhelmed in these challenging times, we encourage you to find solace in nature. A common thread unites our community: a deep love of birds and an … Read more

American White Pelican Out of Trouble

Great news! The American White Pelican reported in our July 26 blog post successfully recovered from his two leg fractures and was released Aug 22 in McNabney Marsh in Martinez, CA. When the cage was opened, he calmly walked out and took his time walking over to the water. We watched an interesting display of … Read more

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

Dispatches from the International Sea Duck Conference in Iceland

Harlequin Duck, photo by Andrew A Reding/Flickr Creative Commons Over the past week, Reykjavik, Iceland has be the site of the 5th International Sea Duck Conference. More than 140 people from nearly 30 countries have listened, questioned and discussed a wide variety of issues important to understanding sea ducks, their biology, habitat, threats and survival. … 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

Photographers in Focus: Karen Schuenemann

Black-crowned Night Heron, all images © Karen Schuenemann, KarenSchuenemann.com Of all the images we’ve seen of the Black-crowned Night Heron this summer — and there have been many — this photo of a solitary juvenile bird by photographer Karen Schuenemann is one of our favorites. Our latest featured photographer, Schuenemann is an avid birder and … Read more