Second time around for 12-year-old Great Blue Heron

Jay Holcomb, IBRRC’s Executive Director reports on a 12-year-old Great Blue Heron that has been given two chances at surviving in this rough and tumble world: “Back on July 23, 1996 a Great Blue Heron, tangled in fishing line with fishing hooks embedded in its wing was captured and brought to the Alexander Lindsay Museum … Read more

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

Extraterrestrial Found in California Duck?

Bird Rescue auctions off unusual “Alien in the Duck” x-ray on eBay On Sunday, May 21, 2006 an adult male mallard was brought to the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC), with what appeared to be a broken wing. Marie Travers, assistant manager of the center, radiographed the mallard and was immediately shocked by what … Read more