Starving pelicans arrived into care with fractured bones and severe injuries received immediate treatment, but birds with non-life-threatening minor and moderate wounds had to wait their turn. Dr Rebecca Duerr explains how they were treated.
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
On June 24, 2022 the 100th Brown Pelican was among the 12 seabirds released by International Bird Rescue back to the wild at White Point Park in San Pedro.
The lives of 38 Double-crested Cormorant chicks and eggs are in good hands at International Bird Rescue. The birds were rescued from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) transmission towers.
Among the pelicans coming into care was a familiar face, a Brown Pelican wearing the blue band numbered Y83.
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 valuable in the study of rehabilitated wildlife.