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.
One 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.
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.
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.
A few days after its wound was cleaned and sutured, the bird was transferred to International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles center to receive continued medical treatment and antibiotics for the injury, which had completely healed by June 19. The duck also went through the waterproofing process while in care — crucial for any bird that inhabits marshes, as Ruddy Ducks do.
In addition to responding to oil spills around the world, International Bird Rescue staff work to care for birds impacted by lesser known threats like natural oil seeps under the ocean, algal blooms, marine debris, and extreme weather. We use this blog to share stories from the field and from the two California-based bird rescue centers we manage. We hope you enjoy this window into our world—we are truly passionate about caring for birds, and know that our community shares this passion. We could not do this important work without your ongoing support!