A 100,000+ birds treated; 400 different species

In our proud 37 year history of working with oiled, sick and injured birds, IBRRC has treated more than 100,000 birds. This includes oil spills and general rehabilitation treatment. The list of birds, from Pelicans to Scoters to Terns, is grown each year and now includes over 400 different species. We just updated the species … Read more

Mystery spill hits Southern California coastline

More than 80 oiled birds, mainly Western Grebes and Clark’s Grebe, have been collected over the past two weeks along the Southern California coastline after a mysterious oil spill hit the Pt. Magu area about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. 12 birds have already been cleaned of oil and been released. The oiled birds … Read more

Successful Frigatebird release at Catalina Island

Without much fanfare, the juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird that was found in Sonoma County last month and then came to IBRRC with a lot of interest by birders and the media was successfully released Tuesday, February 5 on the cliffs at the backside of Santa Catalina Island. Marie Travers, IBRRC’s Assistant Rehabilitation Manager at IBRRC’s Cordelia … Read more

No big surprises: Report criticizes Coast Guard

A new report on the San Francisco Oil Spill response officially released today, won’t surprise most folks. The Coast Guard is roundly criticized for it’s incredibly slow communication the first day of the spill when it took nearly 10 hours to let people know that copius amounts of oil spilled from the Cosco Busan container … Read more

One more Argentina oil spill update

Direct from Patagonia, Jay Holcomb, IBRRC’s Executive Director, sent this latest update on the Argentina oil spill response: Today we finished washing most of the birds accept about 8 of the last penguins. We also washed the 4 new oiled cormorants and 5 rewash cormorants that still had wet underwings meaning that they likely have … Read more

Update: Patagonia spill response in Argentina

Update from Barbara Callahan, who is helping manage the oil spill response in Patagonia, Argentina: After a long and difficult two days, the second wave of team members, including Jay Holcomb and Michelle Bellizzi from IBRRC in California, finally on the ground after arriving at almost midnight Thursday night. The team doesn’t have luggage but … Read more

New Year’s Day benefit concert: “Jazz for the Birds”

IBRRC is pleased to announce a New Year’s Day benefit concert “Jazz for the Birds” in Oakland featuring grammy-nominated pianist Matt Herskowitz. (See his photo on the right) The concert will be held Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 7 pm at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave. Oakland 94611. The suggested donation is $10-$20 … Read more