Protecting Birds One Window at a Time
International Bird Rescue
by Angie Trumbo
31m ago
Window collision tape tells birds the glass is a solid surface to avoid. Photo by Angie Trumbo – International Bird Rescue Mid-April through mid-May is the prime time for spring bird migration in most of North America. Amidst the seasonal marvel of bird migration, a silent threat lurks: window collisions. As billions of birds embark on their journeys, let’s make the time to take small actions toward living more harmoniously with birds and other wildlife. One simple way to protect birds in your community is to help prevent window collisions. The Problem A Common Yellowthroat lies motionless aft ..read more
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Welcoming Spring: New Native Garden Blooms
International Bird Rescue
by Ariana Gastelum
1w ago
Lilac Verbena “De La Mina” blooms in front of Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles Wildlife Center. Photos: Ariana Gastelum – International Bird Rescue As spring unfolds, the new native garden, planted last year in front of International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles Wildlife Center, is now bursting into bloom. Thanks to the Garrett Family Foundation who funded this project, we had the opportunity to replace any water-intensive plants with 16 native plants including Toyon, Lemonade Berry, Yankee Point Ceanothus, and more (see full list at the bottom of the article). They were purchased from two local nurser ..read more
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Multiple Oiled Birds in Care Following Southern California Mystery Oil Incident
International Bird Rescue
by Ariana Gastelum
1w ago
 Eight Brandt’s Cormorants are recovering at the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center (managed by International Bird Rescue) after they were found oiled on the coast of Huntington Beach between March 8 and 16. Authorities detected the two-and-a-half mile long oil sheen on March 8. Crews recovered about 85% of it, roughly 85 gallons, according to a press release published by United Coast Guard News. As a network member, Bird Rescue was activated by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) to provide staff for recovery and care as well as field responders to survey the area for poten ..read more
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Brighter Days Ahead for Blue: Brown Pelican On The Mend After Surgeries
International Bird Rescue
by Russ Curtis
3w ago
 Dear Bird Rescue supporter, Blue’s pouch surgeries were successful and she4’s gained 800 grams since arriving into care on March 10. Photo: Ariana Gastelum – International Bird Rescue Blue is no longer blue. We are happy to report that Blue is fully on the mend after a second surgery that brings the total sutures required to repair her wounds to approximately 500. She is now eating with bravado, having gained 800 grams (1.75 lbs) since coming into care, and is recuperating comfortably in our aviary. All signs point to a resilient majestic pelican that will soon return to the wild. Enjoy this ..read more
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Brown Pelican Found In San Pedro With Slashed Pouch; Human Cruelty Suspected
International Bird Rescue
by Russ Curtis
1M ago
Dr Rebecca Duerr, Director of Research & Veterinary Science at Bird Rescue, examines “Blue” the Brown Pelican patient with a slashed pouch. More than 400 stitches were required to repair this bird’s injury. (The tube in pelican’s mouth area carries oxygen and anesthesia during surgery). Photo by Ariana Gastelum –International Bird RescueDonations are welcome at: https://www.birdrescue.org/helpblue/ A Brown Pelican found this week with a slashed pouch is resting comfortably after surgery at International Bird Rescue. More than 400 stitches were required to repair the pelican’s pouch which w ..read more
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Free Webinar: Learn About Birds Affected by Winter Storms
International Bird Rescue
by Russ Curtis
1M ago
What: Presentation on Winter Storms and the Birds They Bring Into Rehab When: Thursday, March 21, 2024 2 5:30 PM (PST) Where: Virtual Webinar via Zoom. Register With severe winter storms comes an annual uptick in patients at our California wildlife centers – some are contaminated with oil from natural seep, often they are unusual species that we see rarely during the rest of the year. Register now for this online event. JD Bergeron, CEO of International Bird Rescue, will discuss the impacts these storms have on our local birds and the work Bird Rescue does to rehabilitate and return them to t ..read more
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Capturing Precious Moments: Ferris’s First Murre Encounter
International Bird Rescue
by Angie Trumbo
1M ago
Ferris Bergeles, daughter of Bird Rescue’s Projects Specialist Devin Bergeles, saw her first Common Murre at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. The early years of a child’s life are a time of wonder and discovery, and there’s no better way to ignite their curiosity and foster a deep connection with the natural world than by introducing them to wildlife. Our Projects Specialist and recent new mother, Devin Bergeles, took a trip with her family to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, WA this past month. The visit was a very meaningful experience for her because it was her first chance to ..read more
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Soar Into Savings: Merch Madness Has Arrived
International Bird Rescue
by Ariana Gastelum
1M ago
Merch Madness is here! Dive into fantastic deals as we unveil exclusive discounts on a variety of wildlife-inspired merchandise every week throughout the month of March. Every purchase supports our ongoing efforts to rehabilitate and care for birds in a changing world. Join us in making a difference – one tee at a time! March 4-10: $10 off Black-crowned Night-Heron Tees We’re excited to kick off Merch Madness with an exclusive discount on our Black-Crowned Night-Heron tee, now $10 off this week – a tribute to our 2023 Patient of the Year! Additionally, Bird Rescue’s 2024 calendars have been m ..read more
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Inspiring The Next Generation of Citizen Scientists
International Bird Rescue
by Angie Trumbo
1M ago
At the Cordelia Slough Education site, kids and parents recorded their observations and practiced using tools like binoculars, spotting scopes, eBird, and Merlin. Photos: Karen SheldonBird Rescue hosts young community members at the Cordelia Slough Youth Education site for the Backyard Bird Count for Kids Bird Rescue youth education docents welcomed a group of kids to our Cordelia Slough property to conduct a bird census this February as part of the The Great Backyard Bird Count. While inclement weather prevented our surveyors from heading out during the official four-day citizen science event ..read more
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A Glimpse Into a Busy Week Washing Oiled Birds
International Bird Rescue
by Ariana Gastelum
1M ago
 Washed of oil: Brandt’s Cormorant is cleaned of contiminant at the Los Angeles Wildlife Center. Photo: Ariana Gastelum – International Bird Rescue Since February 2024, at least 44 oiled birds have come into care at Bird Rescue’s California wildlife centers. Following recent west coast storms, staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly, washing waterbirds contaminated with oil from natural seep. You can watch a YouTube video and witness this heartwarming journey as these birds undergo a meticulous wash and restore their feathers to waterproof perfection before transitioning to the outd ..read more
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