May 6, 2024

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Surge of Starving & Injured Brown Pelicans Filling Bird Rescue’s California Centers, Urgent Call For Donations

San Pedro, CA – A new surge of injured and starving Brown Pelicans arriving into care is causing real concern among wildlife specialists. Since April 20th, over 110 new pelican patients have arrived at the organization’s two California wildlife centers.

Hungry Brown Pelicans in care at Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles Wildlife Center. Photo: Jeanette Bates – International Bird Rescue

The birds are having difficulty finding fish and at least 40% are arriving with significant injuries – many entangled in fishing line and hooks.

“We urgently need donations to help care for these starving birds,” said Kylie Clatterbuck, Los Angeles Wildlife Center Manager. “As a non-profit we rely on the generosity of the public to help pay for additional medicine and the extraordinary cost of fish.”

The public can donate online: www.birdrescue.org/donate

Diagnostic testing has not revealed any evidence of diseases such as bird flu that may be causing these strandings. Bird Rescue’s staff and volunteers are working tirelessly to provide the affected birds with the best care they desperately need to recover and return to the wild.

“Most birds are coming in cold, emaciated and anemic – essentially starving to death,” said Dr. Rebecca Duerr, Bird Rescue’s Director of Research & Veterinary Science. “Many of them are exhibiting severe injuries – especially from fishing hooks and line.”

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2024

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2023

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2022

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2021

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May 6, 2021

Beloved Local Wildlife Rescue Organization Celebrates 50th Year!
April 16, 2021

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January 29, 2021

2020

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December 21, 2020

Seabirds in Distress: Penguin Lookalikes Showing Up On Northern California Beaches
August 26, 2020

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2019

For The Birds: Masquerade Party October 26th in San Francisco
October 18, 2019

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July 25, 2019

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Bird Rescue Shares the Spotlight May 4th on Bird LA Day
May 1, 2019

Finding Wisdom on Midway: Presentation on Seabirds March 28 in Berkeley, CA
March 19, 2019

Oily Seabirds Slimed By Natural Seep Washed at Los Angeles Center
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2018

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Public Invited to the 2018 Coastal Cleanup Day
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June 12, 2018

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2017

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2016

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January 19, 2016

2015

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October 23, 2015

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October 5, 2015

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September 21, 2015

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2014

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June 11, 2014

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March 3, 2014

2013

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June 12, 2013

Mother Duck Dies, But Removed Egg Hatches 26 Days Later
May 22, 2013

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2012

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December 18, 2012

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November 7, 2012

International Bird Rescue Seeks Leads In Animal Cruelty Case
August 29, 2012

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August 1, 2012

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April 9, 2012

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March 2, 2012

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2011

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2010

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