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Archive for October 2019

October 5, 2019

Patient of the Week: Brown Pelican With Severe Torn Pouch Undergoes Surgery

An adult female Brown Pelican with a severely torn pouch was admitted into care at the International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles Wildlife Center in San Pedro on Sept 20, 2019. The bird’s pouch was laid open on both sides up and back onto her neck, completely cut loose from the rest of her mouth. Although she survived the initial injury, she was starving to death because she was unable to eat.

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Luckily, rescuers found the pelican and brought her to our friends at Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network who then transferred her over to us where she could undergo surgery to repair her pouch.

The cause of this bird’s injuries are currently unknown, but it appears that her pouch must have been caught on something that necessitated ripping to get loose. Fishing gear is such a common problem in this species that our suspicion is that she got caught on a hook.

Despite the severity of this bird’s wounds, our successes with past patients with similar injuries, like Pink the Pelican, give us confidence for a positive outcome for this patient. Our veteranarian, Dr. Rebecca Duerr, spent 2.5 hours repairing the worst of the injuries to the middle and right side of her pouch and neck. The bird was so weak that Dr Duerr decided to leave the left side for later repair rather than putting her through another 1+ hour of surgery. Consequently, the left side is stapled closed right now, and a second procedure will be scheduled soon, after she has regained her strength.

Stay tuned for more updates on this critical patient!

Brown Pelican in first surgery for torn pouch: Dr Rebecca Duerr, Julie Skoglund and Kylie Clatterbuck working in wildlife center in Los Angeles. Photo by Angie Trumbo

October 1, 2019

Your Bird Mask Awaits You At The Night-Heron Masquerade Party On Oct 26th

Party goers will be able to choose from a selection of free hand-painted masks at the Night-Heron Masquerade Party on Saturday, October 26th in San Francisco.

Dear friends,

You are invited to join us for the biggest Bird Rescue celebration of the year!

We are throwing a glamorous Night-Heron Masquerade on the beautiful Ohana Floor of Salesforce East in San Francisco to commemorate and support our ongoing work rescuing and rehabilitating San Francisco Bay Area birds. Buy Tickets

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Address: 350 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94103
Tickets: $150 – $195 (Early Bird special ends on Oct 14th)
**Cocktail attire suggested. Hand-made masks will be provided!

The Masquerade will feature delicious vegetarian flavors, an open bar, amazing auction items, professional photographers, and a variety of fun opportunities to celebrate our work and the birds that we care for. What better way to start your Halloween weekend celebrations or spend a classy, uplifting evening?!

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Please note: the deadline to register for this event is Tuesday, October 22nd. Full name and email address are required for all attendees and guests. A government-issued photo ID that matches your registered name is required at the entrance. Unfortunately, Salesforce does not allow day-of additions ahead of the event.