July 30, 2021
Media contacts: Russ Curtis, Mobile: 415-533-1357 JD Bergeron, Mobile: 415-608-3764 Thousands Of Seabirds Saved In Long Beach Harbor With Innovation And Hard Work San Pedro, CA – More than 2,000 baby seabirds from a nesting colony in Long Beach Harbor are alive because of the heroic efforts of International Bird Rescue staff and its partners. Platforms provide young seabirds safe refuge until Bird Rescue patrol boats can move them up to barges. Photo: Russ Curtis – International Bird Rescue
The seabird crisis in Southern California that started in early July is evolving from an immediate rescue into a long-term response. The Elegant Tern chicks on the barges are beginning to fledge, testing their flight muscles, and stretching their wings. This new burst of youthful activity is adding a new flavor – and new urgency – to rescue efforts in the water.
Thanks to innovative thinking by the rescue team, young birds that have fallen from the barge now have a place to dry off, preen, and get fed by adults. Bird Rescue has deployed more than 10 floating platform “haul-outs” alongside the barges for the Elegant Terns to get out of the water safely. The haul-outs are low enough to the water’s surface for small terns to climb onto and get warm.
Teams are returning stabilized healthy chicks as quickly as possible to the 180-foot-long barges. Baby seabirds will have the best chance of surviving in the wild if they are raised in the wild by their parents. As the young are returned to their colony they call out for their parents, creating a chorus of joyful reunion sounds that move rescue staff to continue this arduous work day after day.
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