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February 20, 2010

Staggering Number of Sick Brown Pelicans Flood Bird Rescue Centers

Hundreds of Brown Pelicans filled flight aviaries at both of Bird Rescue’s wildlife centers. Photo: International Bird Rescue

International Bird Rescue admitted a staggering 435 wet and sick California Brown Pelicans since January 1, 2010.

The good news is that more than 200 pelicans have been released back into the wild.

At our Los Angeles bird center, 101 live pelicans currently are in care. The San Francisco Bay center has approximately 20.

Wet, sick and dying pelicans have been flooding into Bird Rescue’s wildlife centers following the heavy rains, flooding and pollution from run-off that hit the California coast in early January 2010. As seabird specialists, Bird Rescue is doing its best to treat as many of these sick, cold and wet wildlife casualties at both of its California seabird rescue clinics.

The public has responded to our call for monetary help and donated supplies to assist this unprecedented rescue.

The influx of sick and starving pelicans garnered many media stories in 2010.

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3 Responses to “Staggering Number of Sick Brown Pelicans Flood Bird Rescue Centers”

  1. Carl Says:

    Thanks to todays news article in the LA Times I found out about the Brown Pelican situation and could make a small donation. It's so important to get the word out!

    Carl in Adams, ND

  2. inchirieri apartamente cluj Says:

    The brown pelican is the smallest of its species, and it is a great thing that you are putting all this work to preserve these birds.
    Thank you!

  3. news games Says:

    I agree with Carl when he says "It's so important to get the word out!" if very few people know nothing will ever change 😐

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