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Archive for August 2009

August 27, 2009

Second 10,000 birds report on IBRRC’s efforts

Another nice post on the 10,000 birds blog site about our release of seven hand-raised Double-crested Cormorants. The report captures the mood and dedication of staff and volunteers at the Fairfield, CA center.

Removed from nests which were slated to be destroyed as the unfortunate parents had chosen utility poles to build on, staff at the Center had hatched the eggs, looked after the chicks, watched them grow until they were large enough to be placed in a 100 ft aviary with its own private swimming pool, and were now ready – today – to take them down to the ocean for release…

‘The release of healthy birds back into the wild where they belong’. It’s a simple-enough sounding concept, but the chain of events leading up to a release are complex, expensive, and require people to get involved. Think about it. Oiled, injured, or unhealthy birds first need to be found. There then needs to be somewhere to take them, experts to look after them, and volunteers and funding to support those experts. Modes of transport need to be available, and there needs to be drivers willing to use them. There needs to be organization, best practices, people willing to learn, to get dirty, to put aside value judgments on whether one bird is worth more than another. It takes people to really care. And finding people who care is not simple at all.

Thanks to Charlie Moores for the excellent reporting and photography.

Read this latest post n the 10,000 birds site

Also read earlier posting The IBRRC: Special place, special people

August 19, 2009

Great slide show of "Helping hands" in bird care

We present some amazing hands that have helped the birds at IBRRC. Thanks to our volunteers, staff and to the public who’s donations continue to help us care for these birds in need.

Marie Travers, IBRRC’s Rehabilitation Assistant Manager created the slide show.

By the way, the song “With My Own Two Hands” is by Ben Harper from his 2003 album “Diamonds on the Inside” See more info on Pandora Radio

August 19, 2009

25th California Coastal Cleanup Day is Sept 19th

If you love the beach, here’s your chance to give something back by taking something away: Help cleanup your local beach this coming September 19th at the California Coastal Cleanup Day.

The cleanup day has been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the largest garbage collection” (1993). Since the program started in 1985, over 800,000 Californians have removed more than 13 million pounds of debris from our state’s shorelines and coast.

The 25th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Check out the county by county contact page: Map here

More info: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html

August 19, 2009

10,000 birds visits IBRRC

Terrific blog posting by Charlie Moore of 10,000 birds who visited IBRRC’s center at the end of July. We are delighted and honored that he took the time to come write and photograph our bird rescue work.

“Occasionally – and it is occasionally – you get to do something, go somewhere, or meet someone that genuinely inspires, humbles, or excites you. Last week I was privileged (an over-used word, but the right one) to do all three when I was given a special ‘insiders’ tour of the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in Fairfield, California with good friend and birding stalwart Jack Cole…”

Read more on the 10,000 birds site: http://10000birds.com/the-ibrrc-special-place-special-people-part-one.htm

August 17, 2009

Bird hazing twist at airports: Warning birds visually

A new idea in hazing birds from busy airport flight paths includes the idea that birds can be warned when they’re in harms way. According to a recent NPR news report, some wildlife biologists are testing their theory by communicating with them visually.

“Vision is the primary sensory pathway in birds,” says a researcher. He and his research team hope to “play upon that sensory pathway, understand it and use the lights that are on the aircraft basically to buy time for the aircraft — and buy time for the birds.”

After US Airways jet hit geese after takeoff from a New York airport and made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in January, it turned spotlight on the high level of bird strikes. Airports try a lot of tricks to keep birds away, but now some researchers are shining light on a possible solution.

At Plum Brook Station, a 6,000-acre, high-security government campus near Sandusky, Ohio, scientists are literally flying a plane at groups of geese and watching how they react. It’s a radio-controlled model plane — a 9-foot wingspan aircraft that looks like a miniature Cessna.

It’s a phenomenon that others have investigated less formally. One effort mentioned in a National Transportation Safety Board report in May was by Qantas Airlines. The Australian carrier reported a 10- to 40-percent drop in bird strike rates after they mounted pulsating lights on their 737s.

Read and listen to the full report on the NPR website

August 14, 2009

ExxonMobil pleads guilty to migratory bird deaths

The Exxon Mobil Corp. pleaded guilty in federal court in Denver to killing at least 85 protected waterfowl, hawks and owls in five states over the past five years.

According to the New York Times story:

The birds died from exposure to natural gas well reserve pits and waste water storage facilities at Exxon Mobil drilling and production facilities in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming between 2004 and 2009.

Exxon will pay $600,000 in fines.

Full story here