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

Last Mystery Goo Bird Released Back To The Wild

The last Mystery Goo bird in care – a male Surf Scoter – was released Wednesday back to the wild. The seaduck’s freedom represents the end of three long months of rehabilitation that included hundreds of birds that were contaminated in San Francisco Bay by a yet to be fully identified substance that coated birds … Read more

The Release Files: Two Laysan Albatross Back To The Wild!

Two Laysan Albatross, rare birds indeed for Southern California, are back in the wild this week after a successful release Thursday afternoon. “Usually, we see one a year, but to have two at the same time is pretty incredible,” said Julie Skoglund, Operations Manager at International Bird Rescue (IBR), quoted in a Daily Breeze newspaper … Read more

The Release Files: Bonaparte’s Gull

We recently returned a Bonaparte’s Gull to the wild after this patient was treated in the midst of the “Mystery Goo Response”. This Bonaparte’s Gull was introduced as a Patient of the Week December 6, 2014. The bird was found at Silver Oak Winery in Sonoma County, and arrived with a very large laceration exposing its thigh muscles from hip to mid leg (3 inches long on a … Read more