As International Bird Rescue begins the important task of releasing the rescued Elegant Terns back into Long Beach Harbor, the birds are getting some special reddish-pink markings. The alcohol-based ink is being applied to each bird’s head and chest feathers.
Taking Action Every Day
International Bird Rescue’s wildlife clinics are open year-round to provide critical care to seabirds beyond treating oiled wildlife. In 2019 alone, rehabilitation teams admitted over 3,500 birds between our two California clinic locations. These patients were brought to us by the general public and affiliated wildlife groups. Our focus has been to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis – since 1971 we’ve admitted over 125,000 birds and the count continues.
What's New in the Blog
Hungry and cold Elegant Terns continued to be rescued by Bird Rescue and partners in Long Beach Harbor. The focus is on three key priorities: ongoing rescues, expert patient care, and working to remedy this crisis in partnership with federal, state, and local authorities.
One special Elegant Tern chick that was rescued this week at the ongoing Long Beach Harbor barge event – against all odds – has captured the hearts of his rescuers.
The Southern California seabird rescue has turned into an extraordinary effort on the part of International Bird Rescue and its multi-agency partners. Since July 7, more than 460 young Elegant Terns have come into care.
WAYS TO HELP
Did you spot a Blue-banded Brown Pelican or another banded bird?
Please follow the instructions to report your sighting. These citizen science reports are vaulable in the study of rehabilitated wildlife.