Success Story: Rehabilitated Pelican E17’s Eight Year Journey!

This story spans eight years and crosses international borders – all wrapped up in the journey of International Bird Rescue’s most famous former patient and parent, a California Brown Pelican banded E17 after his rehabilitation in 2010 at our Los Angeles center. E17 created quite a buzz when he was spotted for the third time … Read more

Blue-banded Brown Pelican M38 Sighted in Breeding Colony off Southern California Coast

It isn’t often that we receive reports of our banded birds on breeding colonies, especially considering the colonies are typically in remote and sometimes, protected areas.  However, these locations are commonly monitored by biologists where they track nest locations, chick counts, breeding pairs, etc. Just last summer, we received a blue-banded Brown Pelican sighting report … Read more

Rehabilitated Brown Pelican ‘E17’ Spotted in Mexico with Chicks

We’ve got some exciting news to share! One of the blue-banded Brown Pelicans we released seven years ago was spotted with nestlings in Mexico. This is the first confirmed sighting of one of International Bird Rescue’s rehabilitated pelicans on a nest with offspring. It inspires us with hope and underscores our belief that wildlife rehabilitation … Read more

Success Stories: Snowy Egret #A09

One of the biggest rewards of working in wildlife rehabilitation is seeing treated birds released back to the wild. The one thing better is learning that these patients are now thriving back in nature. This holiday season at International Bird Rescue one particular bird brings us further joy. A Snowy Egret released in 2012 was … Read more

A Year To Remember

Dear Friends and Bird Allies, For 44 years, International Bird Rescue has been responding to oiled wildlife emergencies all over the world, and yet 2015 has been a year to remember! On January 16th, we received reports of a large number of water birds on San Francisco Bay contaminated with an unknown sticky substance – … Read more

Researchers: Saving Oiled Seabirds Is Effective Long-term

New research out of New Zealand is helping underscore what we’ve always believed: Saving oiled birds and returning them to the wild healthy and clean is not just well meaning but worth the effort. Researchers from Massey University’s studied Little Blue Penguins (in photo above) following the 2011 Rena oil spill in the Bay of … Read more

Our patient stories of the year

Dear Friends, As 2014 comes to a close, our wildlife centers in California have cared for nearly 5,000 patients since January 1. And every bird has a story. Many of the animals we rescue live most of their lives far away from the human-inhabited world. Others are caught up in it (sometimes literally) and face … Read more