Every Bird Matters
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July 27, 2011

Hungry Pelicans Need a Helping Hand

Dear Friends,

Brown Pelican at in care at International Bird RescueInternational Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Wildlife Centers are working long hours this summer to care for an influx of young aquatic birds. Most striking are the large numbers of juvenile Brown Pelicans in urgent need of care. As quickly as we can get them back on their feet and released into the wild, more arrive. See Pelican Video

Some have injuries caused by fishing hooks or fishing line, others suffer from various forms of infection, and about half are simply starving, unable to find enough food to survive on their own.

A young Brown Pelican eats an average of 6 pounds of fish a day – half its bodyweight – and each of our two centers is caring for 40-50 Pelicans at a time. International Bird Rescue is purchasing more than 500 lbs. of fish per day at up to $2.05 a pound just to keep these birds fed – and that’s just the Pelicans!

It is only through generous donations from friends like you that we are able to provide all of the birds that pass through our doors with everything they need to survive and thrive. We ask you to please donate what you can to help us save not just these birds, but every bird that needs us. Donate Now

From the largest Brown Pelican to the tiniest Killdeer chick, every bird matters.

With heartfelt thanks,

Paul Kelway
Executive Director
International Bird Rescue

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3 Responses to “Hungry Pelicans Need a Helping Hand”

  1. Birdlover Says:

    Thanks for helping the critters!

  2. Gail Rajala Says:

    Just donated, I wish it could be more. I sure appreciate the things you did for the Gulf Coast during the BP spill and your continued efforts elsewhere.

  3. I met my first pelican last week! Says:

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