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Archive for February 2013

February 2, 2013

Pelican Love!

We’ve got the perfect wildlife-lover Valentine’s gift

Roses are red,
Oceans are blue,
Adopt a pelican and say
I love you!

Want to give a unique, thoughtful and compassionate gift to the bird lover in your life this Valentine’s Day? Show your love by symbolically adopting a pelican or another wonderful seabird for your Valentine!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve cut our pelican adoption rate in half to just $12 a month, or $150. Hurry, this special adoption price ends February 14!

With your generous gift, we will e-mail to your loved one a beautiful, personalized Valentine’s adoption certificate in PDF form, suitable for framing.

Your donation helps us care for sick and injured pelicans and other wild birds everywhere. It’s the perfect way to show you care, whether it’s a Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart, sister or brother, mom or dad, special friend or just your wildlife loving self.

Rather adopt a cute duckling or another adorable bird? Visit our adoptions page and we will send a custom Valentine’s IBR-Pelican Love2adoption certificate for another species we care for to your Valentine! Honorary adoptions start at just $25.

And from all of us at International Bird Rescue, thank you for being our Valentines. The daily life-saving work of rescuing injured and ill seabirds would not happen if not for the love and generous hearts of people like you.

Pelican photo courtesy Bill Steinkamp



February 1, 2013

Remember this duo? Fishing line-entangled gulls successfully treated and released

Photos by Cheryl Reynolds

A few weeks ago, we wrote about two juvenile Western Gulls who were saved thanks to the fast action of the Vallejo Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and International Bird Rescue staff. The gulls were spotted at the Vallejo Marina entangled together in fishing line, mired in mud and facing a rising tide that would have drowned them.

One of the birds had a severely swollen wing and a foot injury requiring surgery. As both birds were caked in mud upon intake, they received warm baths, pain medication, antibiotics and lots of fish.


The free fish and caring treatments didn’t endear them to staff and volunteers, however. “It was apparent that once they started to feel better, not only didn’t they like each other, but also they didn’t like being around us, fish or no fish,” said Michelle Bellizzi, rehabilitation manager at International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Area center in Cordelia. “They didn’t even look back when they were released!”


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The gull with lesser complications was released last week, while the other that had undergone surgery was released earlier this week at Ft. Baker.

Special thanks to the Coast Guard and Mike Jory of the Vallejo Times-Herald for documenting their rescue and bringing front-page attention to the misery that fishing tackle can cause birds and other marine animals.