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July 28, 2009

Photo of the week: Releasing Brown Pelicans

Back to the wild in San Pedro, CA with our release of rehabilitated Brown Pelicans.

These beautiful pelicans were taken care of at the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center (LABCEC) in Southern California.

Over the years, IBRRC has treated thousands of Pelicans at its two California bird centers. Thanks to contributions and foundation grants, our bird centers each have 100-foot pelican aviaries to help these majestic birds recuberate from injuries, sickness and stress.

How can you help? Adopt a Pelican!

Details about Pelicans in Peril

May 19, 2009

Something to quack about: Orphaned ducklings

It’s orphaned duckling season here at IBRRC. You can help us care for the thousands of these aquatic birds we raise each year.

It’s only 25 bucks and you get a adoption certificate. The good vibe after your adoption lasts soooo much longer.

Go >> Adopt-a-Duckling.

May 2, 2009

So many mouths to feed: Adopt a duckling

With Mother’s Day just around the corner (Sunday, May 10th) you may be scratching your head wondering what gift to get dear old Mom. How about adopting a duckling? For $25 you’ll make mom proud. The adoption also includes a certificate suitable for framing.

For $75 you can also gift a clutch of ducklings.

The adoptions help us care for more hungry, orphaned ducklings at both of our California bird centers. So far this year we’ve received over 300 ducklings.

Click on the PayPal donation link to the far right >> or see our adoption page on the IBRRC website.

Also hear:

Radio interview with Jay Holcomb on Duckling adoptions
MP3 Format 1.9 MB

March 28, 2009

Help needed: Adopt a duckling!

Spring is finally upon us and that means one thing at IBRRC: Ducklings!

This year we’re again asking the public to help us pay for the cost of raising these orpahaned ducklings. Each year we receive thousands of these adorable little water birds. They have huge appetites and if you can help us out, we’d be more than thankful.

For as little as $25 you can adopt here or use the new PayPal widget to make a contribution. >> See on the upper right >>

Thanks from all of us at IBRRC…where the birds come first.

January 4, 2009

They don’t come with credit cards: Birds in need

Aquatic bird specialists, International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) is noticing a trend in California Brown Pelicans along the coastline from Monterey to San Diego and they need your help.

An unusual number of birds are coming in thin and disoriented – being found on roads and in fields. What is remarkable is that many are adult pelicans. Often this behavior is associated with domoic acid from a marine algae but so far the birds exhibit no other typical neurological disorders. The center now has 40 in care; ten pelicans came in in the last few days.

IBRRC is asking for your help in reporting ailing pelicans to your local rescue organization or by calling the toll-free California Wildlife Hotline 866-WILD-911. You are encouraged to leave information on dead pelicans there as well by pressing option 2.

How to help

Both of IBRRC’s facilities are in need of assistance in transporting pelicans from other centers and with the care of the high number of birds in treatment. There’s dire need for funds to offset the cost of caring for these huge birds – their adopt a pelican program is a unique way to help while being personally involved in a pelican’s care and release. Adopt-a-pelican

To help, please send inquiries to info@ibrrc.org or call the Fairfield facility at (707) 207-0380 Ext 110 or the San Pedro center at (310) 514-2573.

Kudos to the Daily Breeze newspaper in Southern California for the pelican story Swooping in for birds in need: Pelicans overload rescue center in San Pedro. The article captures perfectly the increase in sick and hungry brown pelicans coming into the San Pedro bird center.

Jay Holcomb, IBRRC’s Executive Director was quoted in the article:

“We don’t usually get that many that come in at this time of year. We’ve been getting them regularly, and we’ve been concerned about it,” Holcomb said. “They’re expensive animals – they eat tons of fish and require a lot of medicine. We’ll never shut the door to them, but they don’t come in with credit cards.”

More Adopt a bird info and Donate online info.

July 25, 2008

Sick and hungry pelicans flooding bird centers

It’s another busy summer season for the staff and volunteers at Bird Rescue as sick and starving young pelicans arrive for treatment at both California centers. Since June nearly 100 pelicans have been transferred to the bird rescue centers – one in San Pedro and the other in Fairfield, CA – to be given the best possible care.

Starting in May 2008 an overwhelming number of pelicans competed with fishermen for large quantities of schooling fish in Northern California – especially in the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay areas. We began receiving an extraordinary influx of pelicans with entanglement, fish hook and tackle injuries. We were receiving 10-12 birds a day until California Fish and Game stepped in to close the local piers to fishing.

The influx of pelicans was taxing our centers, as the San Pedro facility was also receiving unusually large
numbers of pelicans in their clinic. Our fish bill alone climbed to nearly $40,000. To help defray the cost of caring for the pelicans, Bird Rescue is asking for the public’s help. Donate

You can also become a Pelican Partner. With a donation of $1,000, you will have the chance to tour one of our California wildlife centers and help to release one of our patients back into the wild. This experience offers supporters a special opportunity to see a seabird getting its final medical exam and numbered leg band, and the once-in-a-lifetime honor of opening the cage at the release site as your partner pelican takes its first steps into the open and soars away.


Luckily this year Bird Rescue completed construction of a new 100-foot pelican aviary at its Fairfield, CA bird center. The aviary allows pelicans to recuperate in large comfortable setting. It has two large pools and perches for the birds to fly back and forth to stretch their wings. The aviary was completed with funds from the Green Foundation and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN). The San Pedro center has had a pelican aviary since it opened in 2001.

How to help: Adopt-a-Pelican

More information on Pelicans in Peril

Found a bird? How to handle a sick or injured pelican or other aquatic birds.

April 16, 2008

Make Mom proud, adopt a duckling!

Mother’s Day just around the corner and have we got the perfect gift idea: Adopt a orphaned duckling!

She doesn’t have to care for it, wash it or feed it; IBRRC will do all the work. She’ll get a nice certificate and photo to show her you really care about these adorable little birds. Besides, haven’t you given her every pot holder known to motherkind? Or taken her to Marie Callenders or Applebees enough in the last few years?

The duckling adoption costs $25 or adopt a clutch of ducklings for $75 and really make her proud. We take credit cards online or you can download an adoption form and send in a check. Adoption info

Last year IBRRC raised about 1,500 ducklings brought to our California bird centers. They take a lot of care, eat a ton of duck food and IBRRC relies on the public’s help to cover the cost.

Help us make a difference in the lives of these wonderful waterfowl and give mom something to remember on May 11th.