Release! Raised at center, orphaned gulls find new ocean home

Photos and video by Bill Steinkamp

As we’ve detailed earlier this summer, International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles center had received dozens of orphaned gull chicks into care from fellow wildlife organizations. WEGuIn the slideshow above, you can see many of these birds growing up at the center — leading up to their release in San Pedro on Tuesday, where they joined a plethora of pelicans, cormorants and fellow gulls out on the water.

Thanks, team!

Related coverage from this summer:

Glue traps, vegetable oil and other hazards affecting Western Gulls

Surrogate parents at our Los Angeles center

Weekend snapshots: Gull chick feedings at the San Francisco Bay center