Birds We Care About: The Brown Pelican

Here at International  Bird Rescue we love the Brown Pelican. It’s part of our logo and we pride ourselves in treating this bird with the respect and care it deserves. Since its beginning in 1971, Bird Rescue has worked hard to become the premier Brown Pelican rehabilitation organization on the west coast of the United … Read more

Giving thanks to all our supporters

There’s been a outpouring of support this past month from all our supporters as we respond to the pelican crisis that has hit Central and Southern California. Many of you have responded with cash donations, a pelican adoption or an offer to volunteer. Some have purchased t-shirts or delivered coffee and food. For all of … Read more

Golden Gate Bridge pelican returns to freedom

The brown pelican named “Gigi” that landed and halted traffic in August on the Golden Gate Bridge was released released back to the wild on Friday, September 12. The young bird was rescued and transferred to International Bird Rescue where it has been recuperating for the past several weeks. Watch: Brown Pelican captured on Golden … Read more

Crisis continues for Brown Pelicans along coast

In the last few days our Northern California rehabilitation center, located in Fairfield, received another 25 brown pelicans from the Santa Cruz area. That makes a total of 137 pelicans this year in Northern California alone and 115 of those pelicans have come in since June 15th! Until recently they have been mostly young birds … Read more

Record numbers of Pelicans on Farallon Islands

There’s tell tale research from scientists studying Brown Pelicans on the Farallon Islands: The numbers are way up. Researchers at the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) counted a new peak of 5,856 pelicans on the the islands. The low was in 1968 when only 363 pelicans were counted. “Only in 1984 were there counts over … Read more

New 100-ft pelican aviary at SF Bay Center

Recuperating pelicans in Northern California now have a better place to stretch their wings after the construction of a new 100-foot flight aviary at International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Center located in Fairfield. In 2007, thanks to a generous grant from the Green Foundation and funding from the California Department of Fish and Game, … Read more

Reward now $6,000 for pelican w/arrow in bill

The reward was raised today to $6,000 for information on the culprits that shot this American White Pelican with an arrow earlier this month in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Others stepped forward to add another $3,500 to the reward started by the The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS. The … Read more