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Archive for September 2011

September 21, 2011

International Bird Rescue Announces Saving Pelican 895 Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky as the Winner of its Inaugural Every Bird Matters Award

Since a catastrophic oil spill in the San Francisco Bay in 1971, International Bird Rescue has been organizing coordinated, professional rescues on behalf of oiled wildlife, and rehabilitating over 5,000 aquatic birds each year in its Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Wildlife Centers. Taking action in over 200 spills around the world, International Bird Rescue was instrumental in rescuing pelicans and other birds affected by the 2010 Gulf oil spill. That incident inspired Saving Pelican 895, an award-winning documentary by HBO and Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody award-winning director, producer and cinematographer, Irene Taylor Brodsky. The film follows the story of the 895th oiled Pelican treated during the spill from its capture to its release.

Those who saw the film recognized that 895 stood as a symbol of the care that each bird received, and were struck – and deeply moved – by the level of attention given to a single animal. International Bird Rescue’s tagline is “every bird matters,” and the movie truly embodies this philosophy. Irene’s simple telling of this bird’s experience reminds us of the significance of the life of each and every animal that needs our care, and just how critical our work is – not just during a crisis – but every day.

In recognition of her film, Irene will be presented with International Bird Rescue’s inaugural Every Bird Matters Award at our 40th Anniversary Celebration at the G2 Gallery in Venice, CA on Friday, October 14.

To meet Irene and celebrate 40 years of International Bird Rescue’s lifesaving work visit bird-rescue-celebrates-40.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.

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September 9, 2011

Help Us Tackle An Urgent Need

Dear Friends,

There is no way to sugar coat it. We need your help.

Our San Francisco Bay Wildlife Center is being flooded with birds from the Santa Cruz/Monterey area, each in urgent need of medical attention due to heartbreaking fishing tackle injuries. The Center has seen record numbers of gravely injured California Brown Pelicans, a new influx of Cormorants, and even birds like the juvenile Snowy Egret from Sacramento who, as shown in this x-ray, swallowed a hook larger than its stomach.

Rescue groups around the San Francisco Bay Area are doing an incredible job of collecting the birds and bringing them to us for care, but International Bird Rescue is bearing the brunt of their medical and long-term rehabilitation costs. It takes long hours of expert veterinary care, extremely expensive antibiotics and other medical supplies, and hundreds of pounds of fish each day to save the lives of these precious animals.

International Bird Rescue does not get paid for this work, and our expenses have become truly overwhelming. We never want to have to turn an animal away simply because we cannot afford the cost of its care. But our doors can only remain open with your help.

If you are one of the caring individuals reading this, chances are you are not one of the people responsible for these horrible injuries, but I hope you will answer the call to help save these majestic birds nonetheless.

The time to take action is now. Please make a donation today. Every bird matters – and so does every gift.

With heartfelt thanks,

Paul Kelway
Executive Director
International Bird Rescue

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