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July 28, 2015

The Weekly Bittern #2: COME and go HOME

Dear Friends of International Bird Rescue–

Did you see Jurassic World yet? In the film, there are four Velociraptors that are shown as fast and savage hunters. Allow me to introduce International Bird Rescue’s very Common Merganser chicks in care at SF Bay Center 7/16/15own “Velociraptors”–a set of four baby Common Mergansers that clearly demonstrated in their feeding habits how they are descended from the dinosaurs! Over the past couple of weeks, I liked watching them during feedings as they swam along the surface with their heads submerged to find the minnows below, then darted underwater to torpedo at one or a few.

According to our friends at AllAboutBirds.org by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
Common Mergansers are streamlined ducks that float gracefully down small rivers or shallow shorelines. The males are striking with clean white bodies, dark green heads, and a slender, serrated red bill. The elegant gray-bodied females have rich, cinnamon heads with a short crest. In summer, look for them leading ducklings from eddy to eddy along streams or standing on a flat rock in the middle of the current. These large ducks nest in hollow trees; in winter they form flocks on larger bodies of water.

These orphans arrived from San Jose and Sonoma in May and spent the last 2-1/2 months in the capable care of our SF Bay Wildlife Center in Fairfield. I am happy to announce that all four were released at the American River in Sacramento last Friday. We were happy to be able to stablize these orphans and raise them to strong sub-adults that were able to be successfully released to their new home.

Common Mergansers are abbreviated as “COME” using the first two letters of each word, hence the title of this post. You can support Mergansers and other interesting diving ducks with a donation at www.bird-rescue.org/donate.

We love to hear from you, so please get in touch with your questions about Common Mergansers. We’ll post our replies on our Facebook page.

Be well,

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JD Bergeron
Executive Director

Video credit: Jen Linander
Photo credit: Cheryl Reynolds

July 18, 2014

Patient of the week: American Avocet hatches at our Los Angeles center


Video by Kelly Berry

Our patient of the week is this American Avocet chick, the first of 21 eggs in the care of our Los Angeles center team to hatch. Avocets are shorebirds common to the Pacific coast, and sport a most-striking upturned bill that the bird uses to “sweep” through the water to catch small invertebrates.

These eggs were transported to us from six abandoned nests in the area. We’ll keep you posted on the other eggs as well.

Avocet chicks are capable of feeding themselves soon after hatching. We give them several types of food, some of it live, including mealworms, guppies and tubifex worms.

Audio: American Avocets in Palo Alto, Calif., via Wikipedia

July 10, 2014

A new life begins …

With a little help from a friend, a duckling makes its way into the world at International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles center. Video by Paul Berry, summer 2014. These two are currently among friends: By last count, the Southern California center has 22 ducklings and eggs in care.

July 8, 2014

What’s it like to intern with us? Just ask Leah.

Our resident photographer Bill Steinkamp recently spent a morning at our Los Angeles center interviewing Leah, a summer intern as part of a unique program with the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation created for students with ties to the San Pedro and Wilmington communities in the L.A. harbor area. Check it out!

June 19, 2014

Live on BirdCam: baby gulls

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The BirdCam Project at International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay center has featured many species of orphaned animals this spring and summer, including Wood Ducklings, Canada Goslings, Black-crowned Night Heron chicks and now baby Western Gulls.

Two of these birds were brought to us eggs from the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. We work together with a local environmental firm on relocating on sections of the bridge where demolition crews are working. The far eastern part of the span is home to hundreds of cormorant nests that Caltrans officials are working to move as the bridge is dismantled.

The job of encouraging these birds to move hasn’t been easy. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Biologists have been experimenting with bird decoys and cormorant recordings to get them to move to their new, rent-free pads. They even furnished the condos with nesting material. The birds reacted by simply hauling the bedding back to their old digs.”

You can check out the live cam here.

These gulls are fed mealworms as well as cut-up smelt. We limit human interaction whenever possible. Any feeding that occurs is via a puppet surrogate.

March 22, 2014

A look back at Exxon Valdez, 25 years later

This week is the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez tragedy. To mark the occasion, we spoke with three of our emergency responders who were on the ground rescuing birds and otters in 1989.

It’s a really touching look at what an oiled wildlife responder does, and how this spill forever changed the nature of our work.

Special thanks to Exxon Valdez emergency responders Jay Holcomb, Curt Clumpner and Mimi Wood Harris.

January 23, 2014

Good Day Sacramento flies by International Bird Rescue

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Many thanks to Good Day Sacramento’s Courtney Dempsey for stopping by our San Francisco Bay center to check in on the Brown Booby in care — as well as to chat with center manager Michelle Bellizzi about what the public should do if they come across an injured bird or other animal (answer: call 866-WILD-911).

Click on the image above to watch one of the live segments from the morning show on Wednesday, January 22.

Hope to see you again, Courtney!

 

January 17, 2014

A 30-second update on the Brown Booby in care

Many thanks to Isabel Luevano for these video clips!

Check out the original post on this bird here.

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Double-crested Cormorant, Brown Pelican and Brown Booby, photo by Isabel Luevano

January 13, 2014

Release! American Wigeon

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Last month, this American Wigeon was found on bustling Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles — hardly a suitable habitat for a dabbling duck.

After several weeks in care, we released this wigeon at El Dorado Regional Park in nearby Long Beach. Volunteer photographer Bill Steinkamp was on hand to film the big day.

Related: Patient of the week: American Wigeon

American Wigeon profile on AllAboutBirds.org

Photos and video by Bill Steinkamp

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January 9, 2014

Update on the Brown Booby at our SF Bay center

BRBOOne of the last patients admitted to our San Francisco Bay center in 2013 is this Brown Booby, a very rare visitor to the area. Here’s a video update on its condition during the week of January 6, 2014.

This is the first such case at our SF Bay center, as the Brown Booby’s range is typically well far south: Its permanent range is as far north as the Gulf of California, as shown in a very helpful map by SDakotabirds.com.

On Wednesday, the Brown Booby (we believe it to be female but cannot confirm) was recently featured in Fairfield’s Daily Republic. There have been other Brown Booby vagrant sightings in recent memory, including this very strange case of a booby showing up in Buffalo, NY. And we also cared for a Blue-footed Booby in Los Angeles this past fall, garnering significant media attention.

We’ll post any future updates to this blog.

Brown Booby in care at SF Bay Center
Photo by Cheryl Reynolds

January 8, 2014

International Bird Rescue featured on ABC’s Sea Rescue with Sam Champion

Recently, we were proud to be featured on two episodes of Sea Rescue with Sam Champion. If you missed either broadcast, here are the segments via Hulu.

Episode One: Heroic Journeys

Here, the Sea Rescue team takes a look at a January 2013 incident where International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay center teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to save two gulls entangled together in fishing line and stuck on the mudflats in Vallejo, CA. Our own rehabilitation technician Isabel Luevano is featured in this segment.

Episode Two: Trouble in Paradise

In 2007, the Cosco Busan container ship slammed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, causing a terrible bunker fuel spill that killed countless seabirds. International Bird Rescue’s Dr. Rebecca Duerr looks back at IBR’s amazing work during this tragic spill.

And be on the lookout for future segments on Sea Rescue featuring International Bird Rescue! You can catch more episodes of the show on Hulu.

December 20, 2013

The “Every Bird Matters” mission video

What is International Bird Rescue?

What do we do, where do we work, why do we do it — and why should you get involved?

You’ll find the answer to all these questions in this three-minute video.

In this season of giving, we hope you’ll support the “Every Bird Matters” mission.

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Photo by John Hrusa

November 22, 2013

Patient of the week: Eared Grebe

This Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) was found beached in Monterey, CA and was transferred to us from a partner wildlife organization. We had this bird on our live webcam, The BirdCam Project, for several days, where it recently showed off its flight prowess and eagerness to escape! Here, the bird is released in the San Pablo Bay by one of our intrepid volunteers.

Meanwhile, our Los Angeles center is also caring for Eared Grebes. Here’s a recent photo from the L.A. center by Bill Steinkamp.

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September 4, 2013

“Time to make a difference.”

On this National Wildlife Day, our friends at Dawn Saves Wildlife have a moving tribute to the volunteers that make our centers such special places.

Thank you to our volunteers, past and present. We are forever grateful for your support.

August 27, 2013

International Bird Rescue and “The Big Picture”

Check out the latest episode of Dawn Saves Wildlife’s “The Big Picture” documentary series featuring International Bird Rescue’s wildlife team!

For more episodes from this project, visit dawnsaveswildlife.com.