The Release Files: a tern and a heron fly again!

Tern photos by Bill Steinkamp At last count, our wildlife centers are caring for well over 200 birds, from Pied-billed Grebes to a young American Avocet now learning to master catching live feeder fish. Here are two beautiful releases our staff and volunteers photographed earlier this week. According to Audubon, Elegant Terns were historically only seasonal … Read more

5 great photos from the Santa Rosa heron and egret release

Photo by Andreas Christensen via The Bird Rescue Center Thanks to everyone who attended Thursday’s heron and egret release at Laguna de Santa Rosa! Here’s some great shots of the release from three different lenses. Via Sean Scully of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat: For Isabel Luevano, rehabilitating lost and injured baby birds is a … Read more

Pelican release at Terranea Resort, Earth Day weekend 2013

During this past winter, a number of California Brown Pelicans were reported to have traveled well north of their usual habitat – British Columbia, to be exact. Several of these birds settled in Victoria’s inner harbour, and three were found to have parasites, frostbite, and in the case of one pelican, wounds that may have … Read more

The Release Files: This Common Loon is anything but “common”

East Bay Regional Park District supervising naturalist and KQED QUEST contributor Sharol Nelson-Embry recently wrote a blog post on this Common Loon, found wrapped in fishing line by park visitor Martha Ashton-Sikora. Upon transfer to International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay center, X-rays later showed this bird had also swallowed a hook (both are common … Read more