New 100-ft pelican aviary at SF Bay Center

Recuperating pelicans in Northern California now have a better place to stretch their wings after the construction of a new 100-foot flight aviary at International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Center located in Fairfield. In 2007, thanks to a generous grant from the Green Foundation and funding from the California Department of Fish and Game, … Read more

Pelicans to Come Off Endangered Species List

After 40 years of being on the precipice of extinction the Brown Pelican is poised to be removed from the national endangered species list, according to recent announcement by the U.S. Interior Department. See: National Geographic report The pelicans were put on the endangered species list after the use of the pesticide DDT caused catastrophic … Read more

Update: Patagonia spill response in Argentina

Update from the oil spill incident that began in December 2007 in Patagonia, Argentina: After a long and difficult two days, the second wave of team members, including Jay Holcomb and Michelle Bellizzi from IBRRC in California, finally on the ground after arriving at almost midnight Thursday night. The team doesn’t have luggage but are … Read more

Monterey Bay algae bloom sickens 613 birds

Just as the San Francisco Bay spill response winds down, IBRRC is now busy again treating hundreds of oiled and sick birds washing ashore in Monterey Bay affected by an odd oily substance. About 613 birds have been rescued and at least 300 are being treated at the Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Wildlife Center … Read more

Deadly Domoic Acid killing record numbers of animals in Southern California

It’s happened with predictable regularity, every spring IBR braces for Domoic Acid infected seabirds entering into care – especially California Brown Pelicans.  Called DA for short, Domoic Acid is a neurotoxin that causes brain seizures in ocean wildlife that will ultimately die if not treated quickly and aggressively. In the spring of 2007 it was … Read more

Rare Tern Colony Decimated: $10,000 Reward After 500+ Baby Birds Wash Up Dead In Long Beach

On June 28, 2006 reports of dead baby terns on the shores of Long Beach sent wildlife rescue professionals and veterinarians from the nearby International Bird Rescue to investigate. Read update: Tern for the better What they found was shocking and horrifying. An estimated 300-500 baby terns, some only a day old, were dead in … Read more

2005 – Mystery Spill – Ventura, CA

Seabirds Affected by Oil Spill Along Southern California Coast More than 1,400 birds, mainly Western Grebes, came into our Los Angeles Wildlife Center after an oil slick first struck along the Ventura and Los Angeles County coastline on January 13, 2005. As late as April 2005, a couple dozen oil covered birds were still showing … Read more