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July 28, 2014

Farewell to Jay Holcomb, 1951-2014

On July 26, 2014, friends, family, colleagues and avian advocates from around the world gathered at Fort Mason in San Francisco to say goodbye to International Bird Rescue executive director Jay Holcomb, who passed away on June 10 at age 63. It was an afternoon of laughter, tears, friendship and fond remembrances.

Our guests came from five continents and seven countries: the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and the UK. Here are just some of the photos taken by our own Cheryl Reynolds (roll over image for photo caption).

 

Thank you to all who made in-kind donations for this event, including Fort Mason Center, Dawn Saves Wildlife, Publicis Kaplan Thaler, Whole Foods Market-Napa, Hint Water and Viansa Winery. Special thanks to contributors to the Jay Holcomb Legacy Fund.

And thank you to our friends at P&G and PKT in New York for putting together this wonderful tribute video of Jay:

Produced and edited by Hadleigh Arnst, PKT

You can support the Jay Holcomb Legacy fund by making a tax-deductible gift here.

Read Jay Holcomb’s obituary here.

June 5, 2014

Bay Area bird lovers: You’re invited to a heron release!

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Release site at MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline Park in Oakland

At least two of the young Black-crowned Night Herons injured during an Oakland tree-trimming incident that made national headlines have healed from their wounds and are ready for release in East Bay marsh habitat on Saturday, June 7. And you’re invited!

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON RELEASE EVENT INFORMATION

WHEN: Saturday, June 7 at 1 P.M.

WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park, Southwest entrance across from 80 Swan Way (see map above).

WHO: This event is hosted by International Bird Rescue and Golden Gate Audubon Society, longtime partners in the conservation of local aquatic birds.

The remaining birds from this incident continue to receive care from International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay center until they are old enough to be released. All of them are on track and doing well!

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September 18, 2013

Save the date: The Wine Country Optics and Nature Festival is on October 20

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International Bird Rescue is thrilled to be at the incredibly popular Wine Country Optics and Nature Festival on October 20. See you there!

Event info via SonomaBirding.com:

Meet the company experts from Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, Pentax, Kowa, Opticron, Celestron and more. Experience the newest spotting scope, cameras and binoculars on the market! Nearly one thousand people attended the event at Cornerstone Sonoma last year. Stroll through award winning gardens, shops and visit with over 25 major nature nonprofits from around San Francisco Bay. Biggest optics show in Northern CA. Don’t miss it! Download the Optics Flier to lear more. Cornerstone Sonoma is located at 23570 Arnold Dr. Sonoma, CA 95476 – Driving Directions

 

September 12, 2013

A window into wildlife rehab for vet students

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Dr. Rebecca Duerr (second from left) coaching veterinary students in physical examination and fluid administration skills in a hands-on lab at the NWRA Wildlife Medicine Course

Our veterinarian, Dr. Rebecca Duerr, spent this past weekend enjoying the hospitality of Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. while co-teaching the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association’s Wildlife Medicine Course with Dr. Erica Miller. Forty-four 1st– to 3rd-year veterinary students learned about the legalities of working with wildlife, what rehabilitation is all about and how it differs from domestic animal practice. Other topics covered in lectures and hands-on labs included physical examination, triage and critical care, bandaging, orphan care, wildlife nutrition, common medical problems of reptiles, and common diseases of wild mammals and birds. All-in-all, it was a busy but productive weekend!

September 9, 2013

Thanks for celebrating the Pelican Aviary Project with us!

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Aviary occupants, photo by Cheryl Reynolds

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The commemorative sign for The Pelican Aviary Project

It was a scorcher in Fairfield, but thank you to everyone who stopped by our Saturday community event celebrating completed renovations to the pelican aviary!

Special thanks to Assemblyman Jim Frazier, State Senator Lois Wolk/District Director Lisa Chavez, Kyra Parker with the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, the Solano County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund, The Green Foundation, Kimberlee Baker, Dave Weeshoff, Hugh and Pat Denton; Lisa and Paul Matheson; and Joan Teitler and Larry Bidinian for their support of this aviary, home to hundreds of ill and injured pelicans and other birds every year.

Additional thanks to the good folks at Whole Foods Market –  Napa Valley, Hint Water and Winterhawk Winery for providing the amazing refreshments.

And last but certainly not least: Thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers for making this event such a success! Event photos by Russ Curtis.

Find out more about the Pelican Aviary Project from our Indiegogo campaign page here.

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Pelican Aviary Celebration at San Francisco Bay Center on September 7, 2013
Assemblyman Jim Frazier helps us dedicate the aviary

Pelican Aviary Celebration at San Francisco Bay Center on September 7, 2013
Assemblyman Frazier (right) with IBR board members Andrew Harmon and Laurie Pyne

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Lisa Chavez, district director for State Senator Lois Wolk

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Center manager Michelle Bellizzi explains the renovation project on the aviary

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IBR board member/Bay Nature ambassador Beth Slatkin

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Kyra Parker with the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN)

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Guests braving the heat … all for the pelicans!

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A live look at BirdCam!

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Kimberlee Baker speaks about the life and legacy of Donna Baker, who was instrumental in the original construction of the aviary. The Pelican Aviary Project is dedicated in her memory.

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Our wonderful volunteer crew makes sure the animals are cared for!

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Touring the outdoor grounds and the aviary

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Our wonderful volunteer team!

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Volunteers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, photo by Cheryl Reynolds

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Juvenile Brown Pelican in care 

September 4, 2013

See you Saturday at the Pelican Aviary Project event in Fairfield!

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Just a reminder that we’ll be holding a casual community event this Saturday to celebrate the renovations made to the pelican aviary at our San Francisco Bay center in Fairfield — renovations made possible by you. If you’re in the neighborhood, please do stop by!

When: Saturday, September 7, 2pm-5pm; we’ll have brief remarks at about 2:30pm followed by tours, refreshments and more!

Where: San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center, 4369 Cordelia Rd. in Fairfield, Calif. See an interactive map below.


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Thanks to Whole Foods Market Napa, HINT Water and Winterhawk Winery for sponsoring this event! 

And thank you for your support of The Pelican Aviary Project!

August 19, 2013

Tips on the Banded Pelican Sighting Contest

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Photo of Pelican A67 by Bernardo Alps

If you’re participating in this year’s Banded Pelican Sighting Contest along the west coast, here are some sighting clues that could bring you one step closer to winning a spotting scope from our friends at Eagle Optics

It looks like a good year for Brown Pelicans along the coastline of the western U.S. Thousands are being seen feeding on schooling fish such as sardines and anchovies. Many of these are first-year birds just learning how to feed. Our Blue-Banded Pelicans that were rehabilitated at our centers in California also are among these flocks of birds.

Clues on where to find Blue-Banded Pelicans:

• Look on breakwaters or anywhere pelicans roost in harbors. Also, check out fish-processing areas.

Pelican C13, photo by Bill Steinkamp

Pelican C13, photo by Bill Steinkamp

• Many Blue-Banded Pelicans are being seen in Washington state and Oregon at several locations, including the town of Westport, where they hang out on the breakwaters, or in Astoria on the breakwater.

• On the central California coast, we have received many reports from Dinosaur Rocks at Pismo Beach where pelicans hang out.

• Another California tip: Monterey harbor and Pillar Point Marina in Half Moon Bay are ideal locations for pelicans to roost and feed. These make for excellent Blue-Banded Pelican spotting sights.

Good luck!

July 25, 2013

See you at the Beaver Festival in Martinez!

Live in the Bay Area? Then save the date! On Saturday, August 3, we’ll be joining more than 40 wildlife groups at the 6th-annual Beaver Festival in Martinez. Stop on by! Click here for more on the event.

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July 20, 2013

Update on the Pelican Aviary Project

First Brown Pelican in the newly renovated Pelican AviaryWe’re pleased to announce that finishing touches are underway for the renovated pelican aviary at the San Francisco Oiled Bird Care and Education Center in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thanks to your generous support, we’ve even begun to move a small number of birds into this 100-foot-long aviary — a crucial large space where pelicans and other birds have room to fly before they are considered for release back into the wild.

This spring, 180 donors helped us to raise $16,225 through Indiegogo. Together, with local grants from the Solano County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, we were able to afford much-needed repairs to this enclosure.

We are currently planning a community event — an aviary re-dedication, if you will — and will be in touch with the details. We’d love to have you stop by!

 

July 20, 2013

Thanks for joining us at KNX’s “On Your Corner”!

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From left: KNX 1070’s Dick Helton, IBR center manager Julie Skoglund, IBR executive director Jay Holcomb and KNX 1070’s Vicky Moore

We had a huge turn-out in San Pedro yesterday for KNX 1070 Newsradio’s “On Your Corner” series, broadcasted live from our Los Angeles center. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Thanks as well to Whole Foods Market Torrance for the wonderful food and to volunteer photographer Bill Steinkamp for snapping photos of the broadcast and tours throughout the day (we’ll upload video of the tours soon as well).

Find out more about the “On Your Corner” series and its sponsors at KNX 1070.

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July 18, 2013

See you Friday at the KNX-International Bird Rescue open house!

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Attention Angelenos! Just a reminder that International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles center, located in San Pedro, will host KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO’s popular “KNX On Your Corner” spotlight tomorrow (Friday, July 19), with two live broadcasts from the center, from 5am-9am and 1pm-7pm.

During the day, we’ll be featuring an open house, with two free, scheduled exclusive tours of the center at 9 am and 2 pm. You can also stop by for a sneak peek at the live broadcast from our center, with free refreshments to boot, courtesy our friends at Whole Foods Market Torrance.

We’re located in Angel’s Gate Cultural Center at 3601 S. Gaffey Blvd. Check out the invite and a map to the center above.

See you on Friday!

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July 8, 2013

We’re hosting “KNX On Your Corner” in San Pedro on Fri, July 19 — and you’re invited!

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*Download the full-size version of this invite here.

Have you ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at the world of bird rehabilitation? Here’s your golden opportunity to do so!

On Friday, July 19, International Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles center, located in the San Pedro neighborhood, will host KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO’s popular “KNX On Your Corner” spotlight, with two live broadcasts from the center, from 5am-9am and 1pm-7pm.

During the day, we’ll be featuring an open house, with two free, scheduled exclusive tours of the center at 9 am and 2 pm. You can also stop by for a sneak peek at the live broadcast from our center, with refreshments to boot, courtesy our friends at Whole Foods Torrance.

See you on July 19th! Here are the official details via KNX, as well as a local map with directions to the center:

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“KNX On Your Corner” to Spotlight

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Station Will Broadcast Live from International Bird Rescue on July 19

(Los Angeles, July 8, 2013  #onyourcorner) KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO’s award-winning series profiling local communities, “KNX On Your Corner, will take an in-depth look at San Pedro and the Palos Verdes Peninsula on Friday, July 19 from 5am – 7pm.

KNX 1070 will focus on key issues and happenings in San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles, along with the peninsula communities of Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates.  Civic leaders and other guests will be featured during the special broadcast to give Southern Californians insight into the unique attributes, history and future development in the area.

The public is invited to join in the day’s activities when KNX brings its operations to San Pedro for a live broadcast and open house at the International Bird Rescue located at 3601 S. Gaffey Street.  The center rescues and cares for thousands of injured birds annually and will offer rare tours of the facility at 9am and 2pm.  Free refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Dick Helton and Vicky Moore will anchor the news from 5:00 – 9:00am, Frank Mottek will host the KNX Business Hour from 1:00 – 2:00pm and Jim Thornton and Diane Thompson will anchor the news from 2:00 – 7:00pm.

Stories and photographs from “KNX On Your Corner” events are posted online at www.cbsLA.com/onyourcorner.  The series is presented by Community Bank.

“KNX On Your Corner” was honored in January by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California with a Golden Mike Award in the category of Best Feature News.

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June 18, 2013

The Dawn Saves Wildlife campaign is here!

This year, we’re thrilled to be a part of the Dawn Saves Wildlife campaign, filmed in part at our Los Angeles wildlife care center and starring our amazing rehabilitation staff, as well as our friends at The Marine Mammal Center.

Check out the first ad here, and be on the look out for more animal stories throughout the summer, featuring our own wildlife rehabilitation heroes.

How can you get involved? Subscribe to the Dawn Saves Wildlife YouTube page and share this video!

And check back often on Dawn’s Facebook page as well! There’s plenty in store this summer.

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Related posts from the archives:

Once oiled, these Common Murres return home (YouTube, 2013)
The dawning of oiled bird washing (YouTube, 2010)
Fifth grader organizes Dawn donations for spill (blog, 2010)
June 14, 2013

5 great photos from the Santa Rosa heron and egret release

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Photo by Andreas Christensen via The Bird Rescue Center

Thanks to everyone who attended Thursday’s heron and egret release at Laguna de Santa Rosa! Here’s some great shots of the release from three different lenses.

Via Sean Scully of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

For Isabel Luevano, rehabilitating lost and injured baby birds is a small way of making up for the effects humans have on the earth.

“Even though people do so much harm to nature and wildlife and the ecosystem in general, it’s a really good feeling to know you’re helping a part of it, doing better things rather than worse things,” said Luevano, a rehabilitation technician for International Bird Rescue, after releasing a flock of juvenile birds into the wild at the Laguna de Santa Rosa on Wednesday.

All but one of the 22 birds, a mix of snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons, were born in one of Santa Rosa’s more peculiar natural features: a nesting site for hundreds of egrets and herons in two huge trees in the median along West Ninth Street, in the midst of one of the city’s most densely populated areas. [Read the full story here.]

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Photo by Isabel Luevano (note the red band on this egret)

Special thanks to the Sonoma County Fish & Wildlife Commission for supporting these birds through a generous $5,000 grant that helps cover the cost of their rehabilitative care. We couldn’t do it without them!

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June 12, 2013

You’re invited to an egret and heron release in Santa Rosa!

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Love egrets? Love herons? Live in the Bay Area? If so, join us for a great release in Santa Rosa on Thursday morning!

Here’s the deal: More than 20 young egrets and herons, many of which had fallen from their nests at Santa Rosa’s well-known Ninth Street colony, are set to be released together at nearby Laguna de Santa Rosa on Thursday, June 13 at 9am.

The Santa Rosa colony, located on a median strip of eucalyptus trees, has been an unlikely nesting site for Snowy Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons and other birds for the past 15 years. Yet every year, many baby birds fall from the nests and are rescued by volunteers from The Bird Rescue Center in Santa Rosa and other local organizations, lest they fall victim to traffic and other urban ills. The birds are then transported to International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay wildlife care center in Fairfield, where they are raised and treated for any injuries.

Upon release, the egrets are banded with red bands to better track them in the wild. Several have been spotted at nesting sites in recent years. “It’s our responsibility to help care for the animals that have fallen from their nests, and to return to them to the wild,” said International Bird Rescue director Jay Holcomb.

Release information:

WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 8:30am call time for 9am release. Please arrive promptly at 8:30am, as release organizers cannot accommodate late-comers.

WHERE: Meet in parking lot of Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation Headquarters, 900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (see map below). From there, release organizers will lead attendees to a plowed pathway into the laguna grasslands and the release site to the west.

Special thanks to the Sonoma County Fish & Wildlife Commission for supporting these birds through a generous grant that helps cover the cost of their rehabilitative care.


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