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Archive for March 2010

March 17, 2010

In memorial: Melina Mosch, IBRRC intern and friend

We at IBRRC were saddened to hear of the recent death of Melina Mosch. Melina was a key part of Project Blue Sea, an environmental advocacy and direct action organization that we have worked side-by-side with at a number of spills in Europe.

Melina was a vital part of the team caring for oiled birds in the response center at Keila during the Estonia Mystery Spill in 2006. She later interned in IBRRC’s rehabilitation program at Cordelia, California and was known by us all for her hard work, thoughtfulness and her dedication to animals.

She had battled illness for several years before finally succumbing on February 20, 2010. She will be sorely missed by all of us, human and non-human animal alike.

March 13, 2010

Call to Action: State of the Birds & our environment

The newest State of the Birds report is out and the news is not good. The 2010 Report concludes that accelerated climate change continues to alter the natural world as we know it, diminishing the quality of our environment and leaving a lasting impact on many bird species.

The new report was released this week by United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

“Just as they did in 1962 when Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, our migratory birds are sending us a message about the health of our planet,” Salazar said. “That is why–for the first time ever–the Department of the Interior has deployed a coordinated strategy to plan for and respond to the impacts of climate change on the resources we manage.”

Key findings from the “State of the Birds” climate change report include:

• Oceanic birds are among the most vulnerable species because they don’t raise many young each year; they face challenges from a rapidly changing marine ecosystem; and they nest on islands that may be flooded as sea levels rise. All 67 oceanic bird species, such as petrels and albatrosses, are among the most vulnerable birds on Earth to climate change.

• Hawaiian birds such as endangered species Puaiohi and ’Akiapōlā’au already face multiple threats and are increasingly challenged by mosquito-borne diseases and invasive species as climate change alters their native habitats.

• Birds in coastal, arctic/alpine, and grassland habitats, as well as those on Caribbean and other Pacific islands show intermediate levels of vulnerability; most birds in aridlands, wetlands, and forests show relatively low vulnerability to climate change.

• For bird species that are already of conservation concern such as the golden-cheeked warbler, whooping crane, and spectacled eider, the added vulnerability to climate change may hasten declines or prevent recovery.

• The report identified common bird species such as the American oystercatcher, common nighthawk, and northern pintail that are likely to become species of conservation concern as a result of climate change.

The report is a collaborative effort as part of the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative, between federal and state wildlife agencies, and scientific and conservation organizations including partners from the American Bird Conservancy, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Klamath Bird Observatory, National Audubon Society, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Read the summary of the report at http://www.stateofthebirds.org/summary

News Report: NBC Bay Area: Birds Are Losing the Climate Change Battle

March 6, 2010

Theodore Cross and his pursuit Of ‘Waterbirds’

NPR had a very fine remembrance this week of Theodore Cross, bird lover, photographer and author of “Waterbirds” an exceptional photo book that is on our favorites list.

Cross died February 28, 2010 of heart failure, following a fall at his home in Sanibel, Fla.

Cross pursued many passions over his 86 years: He was a real estate lawyer, a publisher, a White House adviser and a leading spokesman for black economic development. He most known for his love of photographing waterbirds – something he didn’t discover until he was in his 40s.

“I was totally ignorant of birds, then — whammo — 20 years later they became a very important part of my life,” Cross said in the NPR interview. “Except for family and friends, there’s few things I care more about than these seabirds.”

His favorite bird was a Reddish Egret.

Read, see his photos and hear the story on National Public Radio.


March 1, 2010

Pelican Event in Los Angeles to help IBRRC ‘Fill the Bill’

The G2 Gallery in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, will be hosting an Emergency ‘Fill the Bill’ reception on Friday, March 5th to support IBRRC’s pelican rescue efforts following the recent pelican crisis in California.

The G2 Gallery promotes the appreciation and conservation of the natural environment through photography and other art forms, giving 100% of all proceeds from art sales to environmental causes.

In partnership with Friends of Ballona Wetlands, Global Green and Heal the Bay, the ‘Fill the Bill’ reception will help IBRRC cover the cost of caring for over 400 cold, wet and starving California Brown Pelicans over the past 6 weeks.

The event will include light refreshments, music, raffle and silent auction, and is open to the public. So if you are in the area, please come and support our pelicans!

IBRRC would like to thank all the partners of this event for stepping up to make a difference to these majestic birds!