Every Bird Matters
news and views from international bird rescue

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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