2018 –Ventura Oil Seep Response

By Kylie Clatterbuck, Los Angeles Wildlife Center Manager Late last month International Bird Rescue received the news that our friends at Santa Barbara Wildlife (SBW) were seeing an unusually large number of beached oiled birds along the coast near Ventura Harbor.  Oiled birds can be a common occurrence this time of year due to the … Read more

2015 – Refugio Pipeline Spill

Ray of Hope In A Sea Of Dread: Washed, Clean Brown Pelicans in Outdoor Aviary   Two weeks after oiled seabirds from the Refugio Oil Incident began arriving into our San Pedro Center, many have been washed and are now recuperating in two large outside bird aviaries. Most of the birds in care are California … Read more

2015 – Mystery Goo in SF Bay

UPDATE (Sun, January 18, 10:40 pm): The total number of birds contaminated with a mystery substance transported to us from the San Francisco Bay has now risen to over 150. At least 20 have died, though we are now having success in washing birds healthy enough to endure the wash process. We need your support. Please consider … Read more

2013 – Alberta bitumen release

International Bird Rescue has sent a four-person team to assist in collection and rehabilitation efforts for wildlife affected by the bitumen release at the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Primrose Project in northeastern Alberta (read this report in the Edmonton Journal for more information on animal care efforts). We are proud to be working alongside The … Read more

2012 – Alaska Oiled Wildlife Incident

This week, we’re truly putting our “Every Bird Matters” tagline into practice by responding to an oil contamination event that has affected animals on Alaska’s remote St. Lawrence Island. Along with local villagers, federal and state officials have found a total of seven oiled seabirds and seals on the island, located in the Bering Sea … Read more

2011 – Yellowstone River Spill

A team of six oiled wildlife response experts from International Bird Rescue has been deployed to Montana following the Yellowstone River Pipeline Spill. The response team, headed up by Director Emeritus, Jay Holcomb, began arriving in Billings, Montana, on July 3 and will be working with state and federal wildlife agencies to help coordinate the … Read more

2009 – Dubai Star – San Francisco, CA

Ten birds were released by OWCN personnel and volunteers back into the wild this afternoon after successful treatment following oiling in Dubai Star oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The birds included five American Coots, two Western/Clark’s Grebes, a Eared Grebe, a Horned Grebe and a Greater Scaup). The healthy birds were set free in … Read more

2008 – Argentina spill, Patagonia

An oil spill of unknown origin is causing great harm to at least 430 seabirds along Argentina’s Patagonia coastline. A team from International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is responding to this remote location. The total number of oiled animals currently in care is 430 and includes 20 steamer ducks, 200 Magellanic penguins, 180 silvery … Read more

2007 – Cosco Busan, San Francisco, CA

Dark days on San Francisco Bay More than a 1,000 oiled birds were treated at International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay-Delta center after the deadly Cosco Busan oil spill. A container ship’s collision with the San Francisco Bay Bridge on November 7, 2007 caused a large spill of 54,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil that … Read more