Celebrating Our Friends

International Bird Rescue’s 40th Anniversary Silent Auction featured eye-catching donations from our generous friends.
International Bird Rescue's Michele Melchior and Isabel Luevano enjoy the festivities

International Bird Rescue was thrilled to commemorate four decades of work on behalf of aquatic birds at its recent Berkeley fundraiser “International Bird Rescue: Celebrating 40 Years in the San Francisco Bay Area.” Guests learned about the past, present and future of aquatic bird rescue and rehabilitation with presentations from Executive Director, Paul Kelway; Ocean Hero and Director Emeritus, Jay Holcomb; and beloved Bay Area filmmaker, Judy Irving. Attendees were also delighted to hear from Dave Smith – the organization’s founding Director of Research. International Bird Rescue Emergency Response Team members, volunteers, staff, board members and community supporters came together to celebrate the wonderful way that Bird Rescue couples rehabilitation with spill response – as Jay Holcomb noted, “80% of oiled bird care is about husbandry, and 20% is washing and dealing with the effects that oil has on the health of the birds, so our work in the centers really prepares us for working with each species in the event of a spill.”

Executive Director Paul Kelway highlights the scope of International Bird Rescue's work

Whether Bird Rescue’s wildlife experts are responding to an international spill or removing fishing hooks from the pouch of a local Pelican – like in Judy Irving’s clip from Pelican Dreams – International Bird Rescue’s year-round work is fueled by kind, individual contributions.

There are many to thank for the bright success of the evening, but foremost, International Bird Rescue would like to thank Chevron for its Signature Sponsorship of the event.

International Bird Rescue would also like to take this opportunity to express our special gratitude to the generous donors to the event’s silent auction and goodie bags:

Paper Mache Great Blue Heron from Overton Studios
Jay Holcomb and Dave Smith recount the story of International Bird Rescue
International Bird Rescue's dedicated volunteers brought their enthusiasm to the party


Alex and Ani
Almond Surfboards and Design
Bay Area Parent Magazine
Bay Nature Magazine
Berkeley Ironworks
Bird vs. Bird Design
Bird Project
Black Heron Inn
Brushstrokes Studio, Inc.
California Academy of Sciences
Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris
The Cliff House
CorePower Yoga
Crixa Cakes
Lynda Deniger
Dolphin Charters
Elkhorn Slough Safari
Suzi Eszterhas
Sandy Farwell
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Funky Door Yoga
Marianne Groth
Harmony Ball
HBO Documentary Films
Jay Holcomb
iFly SF Bay
Kayak Connection
KIND Snacks
Landmark Theatres
John Muir Laws
La Méditeranée
Carol Lewis
The Natural Grocery Company
Karen Nevis
La Nôte Restaurant
The Oakland Zoo
Overton Studios
Pasta Pelican
Mary Pierce
Procter & Gamble
Rite in the Rain
San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Saturn Café
Marguerita Scannell
Scope City
Semifreddi’s Handcrafted Breads and Pastries
SF Bay Adventures
Shotgun Players
Sue Johnson Custom Lamps & Shades
The Treehouse Green Gifts
URT Clothing
Whales and Friends
Wild Bryde Jewelry
The Wine Collective
Yoki Shop

Thanks to your generosity, friends of the organization went home with beautiful treasures and eager anticipation for the performances, adventures and dining experiences your certificates have in store for them! International Bird Rescue is endlessly thankful for your shared belief that every bird matters, and we hope that you continue to follow the work that you are helping to support, here on the blog, on our Facebook page, and at future events in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay areas!

The talented Judy Irving introduces a clip from her upcoming film "Pelican Dreams"

1 thought on “Celebrating Our Friends”

  1. I’m a volunteer with the San Francisco Bird Observatory. My wife and I have been monitoring colonial water birds in the San Francisco Bay but recently we’ve been trying to help with educational outreach near some of the nesting sites. As a retired teacher my first thoughts were to try to find some artifacts and representations of the herons, egrets and other birds who are nesting in our urban wild areas.

    I noticed you had a paper mache Great Blue and I was interested in any help you can give me in your production of it. My intention is to have at least one full sized Great Blue Heron that smaller children can compare with. If you have any production ideas or advice I’d love to hear it.


    Raleigh McLemore

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