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November 8, 2019

A Bird Lovers Night Of Generosity & Masquerade Fun

Attendees strike a pose with their Night-Heron Masquerade masks at a Bird Rescue fundraising event in San Francisco. Photo by Gary Wagner

Shirl Simpson, left, the Branch Manager of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Oakland, CA with JD Bergeron, International Bird Rescue’s Executive Director. Photo by Gary Wagner

The Night Heron Masquerade was a huge success and we are proud to announce that event raised over $80,000! The October 26, 2019 event was filled to capacity as 150 attendees cam to support International Bird Rescue’s ongoing wildlife programs.

Thank you so much to all of those who attended and who donated, and a special thank you to our event sponsors and silent auction donors. We had a fantastic time celebrating with such a fun group of supporters, staff and volunteers. Each attendee took home a bird mask of their choice and a poster from the event in San Francisco.

Shirl Simpson, the Branch Manager, of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Oakland, CA was given special recognition for her efforts in helping support the Oakland Heronry Rescue. Nearly a hundred birds, Black-crowned Night-Herons and Snowy Egrets were rescued after a tree snapped in front of the post office sending baby birds and their nests tumbling to the sidewalk.

A big thank you also to Gary Wagner Photography for the great attendee photos, to Tony Corman & Laura Klein for providing the live music, and to Michael Warner for creating the event artwork!

Executive Director JD Bergeron was master of ceremonies. Photo by Russ Curtis–International Bird Rescue

Handmade bird masks were handed out to each attendee. The masks were created by volunteer artists. Photo by Gary Wagner

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?!

Spread the word – share the event on Facebook!

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.

 

September 9, 2019

Team Yes We Peli-CAN! With Community Support, Conquers the Bridge Once Again

On Labor Day 45 members of Team Yes We Peli-CAN! participated in the annual Conquer the Bridge Race in San Pedro, CA.

Bird Rescue supporters in right blue team shirts could be spotted on two iconic California bridges on Labor Day, September 2, 2019.

Team sponsors included Chevron and Bakeology.

In San Pedro, 45 members of  Team Yes We Peli-CAN! walked and ran over the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the 11th annual Conquer the Bridge Race. This community event, part of the region’s Fleet Week celebration, draws thousands of participants and offers the perfect opportunity for Bird Rescue to raise awareness of the birds that share our local habitat and the work that we do for them.

At the same time, volunteers from our San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center and their mascot dog, Finnegan, walked together over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in support of the team’s efforts. “I was thrilled to see so many members of our Bird Rescue family united, here in San Pedro and hundreds of miles away in Northern California, taking on this physical challenge and being an active part of our communities and promoting the important work that we do for the birds” said Angie Trumbo, Yes We Peli-CAN! Team captain.

All summer long, Team Yes We Peli-CAN! Has worked to fundraise in support of animal care at our wildlife centers with a goal of reaching $15,000 by race day. Thanks to their efforts, a generous team sponsorship from Chevron, and numerous donations from the public and Bird Rescue supporters, we surpassed our goal, bringing in just under $16,000!

With another successful run as Team Yes We Peli-CAN! under our belts, we look forward to next year and bringing the team back for Conquer the Bridge 2020!

Runners and walkers on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, CA. Photos by International Bird Rescue

 

September 3, 2019

You’re Invited to the October 26th Night-Heron Masquerade in San Francisco

Calling all night birds to join us for an upbeat Bird Rescue celebration on Saturday, October 26th from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., on the beautiful Ohana Floor of Salesforce East in San Francisco. Buy Tickets Now

Come to the event to share your love of birds as well as living plants on Salesforce’a Ohana East 30th floor.

The Masquerade will feature delicious vegetarian flavors, an open bar with wine and beer, amazing auction items, and fun opportunities to celebrate the rescue and rehabilitation of San Francisco Bay Area birds. The event is a perfect starting point for your Halloween weekend celebrations, or as a classy, uplifting evening all on its own.

A selection of masks will be available to attendees. There is no need to bring a mask! Cocktail attire is suggested.

The Ohana Room in Salesforce East offers a gorgeous setting with lovely 30th floor views of San Francisco and beyond, over 3000 live plants, 65 different species! In the decor, a self-playing piano, and a giant screen for photographic highlights of our bird rescue efforts. The venue is easily accessible by BART and MUNI.

Please note the deadline to register for this event is by Tuesday, October 22nd with a full name and an e-mail address for all attendees and guests. A government-issued photo ID is required at the entrance. Unfortunately, Salesforce does not allow day-of additions ahead of the event. The event is at 350 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. The venue is easily accessible by BART and MUNI.

If you would like to become an event sponsor, please contact Toni Arkoosh Pinsky at toni.pinsky@ bird­rescue.org or JD Bergeron at 510.289.1472.

The Ohana Floor in Salesforce East offers a gorgeous setting with over 3000 live plants and views of San Francisco Bay. Photos by Russ Curtis – International Bird Rescue

 

June 21, 2019

Port of Los Angeles Wildlife Impact Mitigation Project: June 24th Presentation

What: Port of Los Angeles Wildlife Impact Mitigation Project, a special presentation: Hosted by International Bird Rescue and the Los Angeles Wildlife Center. Download Final Report PDF 3.6 MB

When: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Where: The Plaza At Cabrillo Marina, 2965 Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro, California 90731 Map

Thanks to a generous grant from the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF), International Bird Rescue has conducted a study on the impacts to wildlife in the Port of Los Angeles. The study will be presented to the public on Monday evening, June 24, 2019 at 7 PM. There will also be a panel discussion with local experts. Refreshments will be served.

The study was conducted to weigh the human-generated impacts on marine wildlife at the Port of Los Angeles operations. Bird Rescue focused on the waterbirds that wade, dive, feed, and reproduce there. There had been port environmental impact reports before, but no review of wildlife incidents stretching back so far historically, or cast a net so wide.

Part of the study’s findings include education and outreach efforts that involve simple, straight-forward, and practical ways to minimize human-animal impacts (aka “Urban Wildlife Conflicts”), correctly identify common and uncommon wildlife behaviors, recognize signs of distress, and provide easy, direct, convenient resources to contact when intervention might be required.

This San Pedro event is free and open to the public.

Background

Bird Rescue and Harbor Community Benefit Foundation have built a strong partnership over the past five years, with HCBF supporting an impactful summer research internship program for several years. This year, HCBF offered Bird Rescue an opportunity to study current and historic issues affecting wildlife in and around the Port of Los Angeles, and to suggest mitigation measures. The Project is also helping to identify opportunities for further improvements to the health and safety of both marine wildlife and people.

About International Bird Rescue: In 1971 after 800,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the bay, concerned individuals led by a registered nurse named Alice Berkner jumped into action, bringing International Bird Rescue to life. We have always had to pave a road where there is none. Staff and volunteers work with tenacity alongside clients, partners, and the public to find solutions. Today, we research best practices at our crisis response hospitals in California and Alaska and share them worldwide. Our mission is to inspire people to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis. We dream of a world in which every person, every day, takes action to protect the natural home of wildlife and ourselves.

 

April 23, 2019

Celebrate 2019 Bird L.A. Day On May 4th With Us In San Pedro

You are invited to help International Bird Rescue celebrate 2019 Bird L.A. Day on May 4th at our Los Angeles Wildlife Center. We will have crafts, special presentations, a gift shop, and educational booths where you can learn more about the waterbirds that we care for and how you can take action to protect them. The event runs from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Joining us at our location in San Pedro will be our friends from Wild Birds Unlimited, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Tree Care for Birds and Other Wildlife, Ánimo Leadership Charter High School, Angels Gate Cultural Center, 5 Gyres, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and the El Dorado Nature Center.

Starting at 11 AM, Bird Rescue will welcome our Executive Director JD Bergeron and local partners for presentations at the center. JD will share information about our programs including wildlife rehabilitation and oil spill response. Also the Marine Biology and Environmental Club from Amino High School will discuss plastic pollution’s impact on wildlife, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will share their bird focused programs including the cactus wren citizen science project.

We will also have art activities led by artists from the Angels Gate Cultural Center and a DIY activity and presentation on the Zero Waste Lifestyle with Chi Le and Maciej Lisiak.

A special wildlife watching evening sail is being offered by our friends at Lami Topsail from 5:00 – 7:30 PM with special discounts for Bird LA Day guests. Find more information and book tickets at https://www.lamitopsail.org/community-calendar/ or by calling 310-833-6055.

The History of Bird LA Day

Held every May, Bird LA Day celebrates the birds of Southern California and LA’s amazing biodiversity. Bird and nature-themed events are held throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The 6th Annual Bird LA Day shines the spotlight on nature, and reminds the world that Los Angeles is a lot more than just film, fashion and celebrities. The majority of events are family-friendly and free-of-charge.

See: Map of all Southern California Bird LA Day events

 

March 31, 2019

Albatross Adventures: Special Evening Hosted in a Very Special Community!

JD Bergeron, Executive Director of International Bird Rescue, shares his experiences volunteering on Midway Atoll with audience in Berkeley. Photo by Russ Curtis-International Bird Rescue

Bird Rescue was thrilled to host a special public evening event on March 28, 2019, in Berkeley, CA –the birthplace of our first wildlife center back the 1970s. Our Executive Director, JD Bergeron, shared a lively and inspiring presentation “Albatross Adventures: Finding Wisdom on Midway Atoll” about his experience as one of 18 individuals conducting the 2019 Nesting Albatross Census on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, which hosts the largest colony of Laysan Albatross on the planet.

Nesting Laysan Albatrosses on Midway Atoll. Photo by JD Bergeron-International Bird Rescue

This special evening was held at the David Brower Center and brought a unique opportunity for staff and volunteers to connect face-to-face with over 120 Bird Rescue friends and supporters. We visited with many familiar faces and heard memorable and heartwarming stories from former volunteers, oil-spill responders, neighbors and even friends of our founder Alice Berkner, who resided in Berkeley herself.

The beautiful Brower Center’s unique history as an advocate for the environmental movement made it a perfect location to share the story of this important wildlife refuge and essential nesting habitat.

JD Bergeron presented about Midway Atoll not only as a geopolitical and strategic hot spot, but also as a critically important habitat for several species of wildlife including the Laysan Albatross. Midway Atoll is home to the largest nesting colony on the planet and JD’s specific mission was to participate in the nesting count. He described the steps and tools necessary to achieve the massive undertaking and shared the final result of all their work – approximately 600,000 nests counted!

A very warm thank you to everyone who joined us for Albatross Adventures! We had a great time gathering with friends and supporters to celebrate our work and hearing your stories about why seabirds matter to you.

Also see: Midway Atoll: Seabird Sanctuary

March 2, 2019

Event: Albatross Adventures: Finding Wisdom on Midway Atoll – March 28 in Berkeley, CA

Learn more about seabirds in the Bay Area and throughout the world! Sign up now

This engaging evening on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Berkeley, CA will feature Bird Rescue Executive Director JD Bergeron’s inspiring presentation about his recent journey to Midway Atoll, which hosts the largest albatross colony on the planet.

JD was one of only 18 individuals tasked with conducting the 2019 nesting albatross census, and he will tell you more about the experience and what it means for Bird Rescue and seabirds going forward.

6:45: guest check-in

7:00 – 8:30: multimedia presentation

Event location:

The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

While your tickets are complimentary, donations are always appreciated.

Reservations are required to attend. Adults only please.

Questions? Please call our office at (707) 207-0380 ext. 100

 

November 27, 2018

Every gift MATCHED! Help a bird today!

Giving Tuesday is here!!

Our #GivingTuesday campaign launched at midnight and we have only 24 hours to reach our $30,000 goal! We are thrilled that our corporate partners at Phillips 66 and Chevron El Segundo have pledged to MATCH the first $10,000 of gifts today, doubling YOUR impact!

Since our founding in 1971, we’ve given over 100,000 birds a second chance, and we could not do this without the strong support of generous individuals like you. Donate today by visiting our website or call us at 707-207-0380 x100.

Help us spread the word! Head over to our Facebook page and share the reason why you support International Bird Rescue! #GivingTuesday #YearoftheBird

Thank you!

The International Bird Rescue Team

October 25, 2018

October Open House – Fun for All!

A warm thank you to the 225+ folks who attended our Open House at the San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center on October 20th! We had a great time opening our doors to get to know you, and giving you an exclusive behind the scenes look at how we rehabilitate injured, orphaned, and sick waterbirds.

We heard you when you said that choosing which of the family-friendly fun and educational activities to do first was a challenge! Our once-hourly education talks focusing on wildlife rehabilitation, oiled wildlife response and research advancements were all very well attended and you had many inquisitive and challenging questions for us! You may have learned at our interactive information tables about how oil can be washed from feathers, and about how ocean debris is affecting the health of many seabirds.

Our silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the birds, might have had you taking home a favorite piece of art or a gift certificate….or maybe you took home a bag full of sweets and treats from our baked goods table! Any way you slice it, YOU are a part of the Bird Rescue community joining our mission: acting toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis. We had so much fun and hope to see you again next year!

September 25, 2018

Making the beach a safer place for waterbirds and us, one cleanup at a time

Coastal Cleanup Day 2018 Team. Photo by Shannon Ross

Here at International Bird Rescue, we dream of a world in which people take action every day to protect the home of wildlife and ourselves. We were thrilled to participate in two trash cleanups this past quarter, one in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in Los Angeles. Bird Rescue looks forward to helping make the beach a safer place for the public, wildlife and especially seabirds. Each year Bird Rescue’s wildlife centers treat hundreds of injured patients that have ingested or become entangled in fishing tackle and trash.

In September, we joined the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council for Coastal Cleanup Day organized by Heal the Bay in Los Angeles. More than 150 volunteers joined us at White Point/Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro for a morning of trash pick up. Together we collected almost 300 pounds of trash!

Our 2019 is now available. Order online

Earlier in the summer, we joined by friends and partners from Golden Gate Audubon, East Bay Regional Park District, City of Oakland, and Lake Merritt Institute for a “Day of Action” honoring the anniversary of our 40-year partnership with Dawn® dishwashing liquid as a way to encourage taking action every day to protect and save wildlife. In July, a team of a dozen volunteers spent the afternoon cleaning up around Lake Merritt. We were able to clean up a significant number of cigarettes, plastic wrappers, and pieces of glass, all of which are quite harmful if ingested by wildlife.

If you’re looking for more tips on how you can take action every day, check out our 2019 calendar! We’ve included eco-friendly suggestions for each month to inspire us all.

We are incredibly thankful for the many volunteers who joined us at these cleanups and all of you who take action in your own life to help protect our shared home.

Lake Merritt Trash Cleanup in Oakland, CA. Photo by Cheryl Reynolds

September 23, 2018

Opens House October 20th At San Francisco Bay-Delta Center

The public is welcome at International Bird Rescue’s FREE Open House at its San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center in Fairfield.

This family friendly annual open house gives the public an exclusive behind the scenes chance to learn how Bird Rescue rehabilitates injured, orphaned, and sick waterbirds. More than 2,500 bird patients on average come through the doors each year.

This year has been a particularly busy year for the public supported non-profit. At least one hundred stranded young Common Murres, including “Mara the Murre”, flooded the center this summer. It also treated a high number of hungry pelicans that crash landed along Bay Area beaches.

There will also be exhibits, tours, kid’s activities, lectures and a silent auction! Admission is free and it’s all happening on Saturday, Oct. 20th from 12:30 – 4:30 P.M.

We encourage attendees to RSVP: https://bird-rescue.eventbrite.com

September 11, 2018

Public Invited to the 2018 Coastal Cleanup Day

September 15th Beach Trash Cleanup Focuses on Debris That Harm and Kill Seabirds

What: Coastal Cleanup Day in San Pedro

Where: White Point/Royal Palms Beach, 1799 West Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro 90731. (Map)

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9 AM to Noon

International Bird Rescue is joining local community groups, including the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, to help remove beach trash at the 2018 Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15.

Volunteers will pick up refuse along the White Point/Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro. This is one of 50 beach cleanup sites throughout Los Angeles County, and more information about this state-wide event is located here: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html

The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the cleanup and can register online under White Point Beach.

Bird Rescue looks forward to helping make the beach a safer place for the public, wildlife and especially seabirds. Each year the Bird Rescue’s wildlife center treats hundreds of injured patients that have ingested or become entangled in fishing tackle and trash.

March 19, 2018

International Bird Rescue Co-Hosts NWRA Symposium 2018

 

Center Manager, Kylie Clatterbuck, led an informative presentation and lab on Waterproofing and Protective wraps. Participants were able to practice applying protective wraps to various types of aquatic birds and learn how to examine such birds during waterproofing checks. Photo by Angie Trumbo

The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association held their 2018 “Partnering for Wildlife” Symposium in Anaheim, CA during the first week of March. International Bird Rescue was proud to Co-Host the event along with Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network and California Wildlife Center. Staff and volunteers spent many hours preparing presentations, labs, special events and entertainment for the symposium. Those hours were invested well, as “Partnering for Wildlife” was a huge success!

The NWRA symposium was a wonderful opportunity for wildlife rehabilitators to network, share their experiences, and learn a wealth of new information from other organizations and experts. Bird Rescue was fortunate to have many staff and volunteers involved with the event being held so close to home.

The 2018 symposium truly was an event of partnership, from the collaboration of the host organizations to the cooperative seminars that were held throughout the conference. Bird Rescue Operations Manager, Julie Skoglund, and Veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Duerr worked with representatives from Bird Ally X, Focus Wildlife, Oiled Wildlife Care Network, and Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research to hold an all-day Oiled Wildlife Seminar on rehabilitating oiled birds – from intake to release. The team gave presentations and led discussion groups to help teach participants about the complexities of caring for oiled wildlife. The process involves far more than simply removing the oil, and topics included stabilization, nutritional needs, the importance of blood values, waterproofing, and release conditioning in addition to the wash process. The seminar leaders were all able to share their knowledge and experience by going over case examples from their various locations. Bird Rescue was honored to work alongside these groups to help improve the care of oiled wildlife across our nation.

Dr. Duerr also worked alongside several other wildlife veterinarians and California Department of Fish and Wildlife to teach an all-day seminar for licensed Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians to learn skills needed to treat wildlife patients in private practice and the related rules and regulations. Dr. Duerr also gave a talk on the harmful algal bloom that affected so many of our loon patients last spring, plus lecture and labs on avian anatomy and necropsy.

 

March 15, 2018

Founder of Bird Rescue Celebrates 81 Years of Inspired Living

Alice Berkner releases a Commun Murre

In 1971, when she was just 34 years old, Alice Berkner did something that had never been done before: she faced down the seemingly impossible task of rescuing and protecting 7,000 wild birds that had been contaminated in a massive oil spill near the Golden Gate Bridge.

The plight of these birds inspired Alice, along with a handful of concerned volunteers, to do everything they could to save them. The work they did together became foundation of International Bird Rescue, which now has worked nearly 250 spills around the world.

Today, we continue to take inspiration from Alice’s example and we endeavor to bring new solutions to the seemingly impossible:

Alice Berkner with a Long-tailed Duck

  • In January 2015, we rescued over 300 birds contaminated with a “mystery goo”, bringing our crisis response experience to a non-oil spill challenge.
  • In September 2015, we took in over 500 starving and ill common murres from the Pacific Coast, seemingly the victims of changing ocean temperatures which may have been caused by humans.
  • We are currently conducting a study into better treatments for typical wounds seen in seabirds to improve their survival chances.

We have expanded our mission beyond oil spills to all areas that impact wild birds, particularly urban wildlife conflict, fishing line & fish hooks, orphaning caused by habitat disturbance, and other large-scale crises. We aim to inspire stewardship of our global waters–both marine and fresh–by continuing Alice’s legacy of rescuing and protecting the birds that live, swim, and feed there.

It all comes down to a basic premise: birds and all wildlife have as much right to this planet as we humans do, and we owe whatever advantages we can provide in exchange for the new challenges we have introduced.

Please join me in celebrating Alice Berkner, her contributions to a cleaner and more just world, and to the message of hope that she has given us by donating to raise a $1,000 or more together!