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December 3, 2008

Additional wildlife training classes added

Due to the overwhelming public response, IBRRC has added additional wildlife emergency training classes for January, February and March 2009. The classes will be held in Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont and Santa Cruz. A class in Southern California is also scheduled.

See updated list on our website

The first day-long wildlife rescue classes, designed by WildRescue’s Rebecca Dmytryk, will be offered at IBRRC’s Fairfield, CA bird center on Sunday, December 7, 2008. Sign-up now

Participants will be taught successful capture strategies and handling and restraint methods of native species, regulations, re-nesting of young, first aid and stabilization, and disaster response. Completion of this class does not in any way exempt students from local, state, and federal laws governing the capture and possession of oiled or non-oiled wildlife.

Each class is from 8 AM to 5 PM. The fee for the class is $40

The classes are only open to those 18 years and older.

See the San Jose Mercury News story: Training available for animal rescue volunteers

September 26, 2008

Wildlife rescue training marks Cosco Busan anniversary

Rescuing disabled wild animals requires a unique set of skills, very different from those used in handling domestic animals. WildRescue is offering a unique class on these commands, taught by international experts who respond to wildlife emergencies on a regular basis. While the class is tailored for animal control officers, park rangers, game wardens, biologists, and wildlife rehabilitators, members of the public are invited. Students must be 18 years or older.

Helping to mark the one-year anniversary of the Cosco Busan disaster, the first class of many classes is being offered November 8th through the Berkeley Marina Shorebird Park Nature Center. A second, hosted by the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, is slated for December 6th, at Crissy Field. For more information on hosting a class in your area, or to register, go to wildrescue.org or call 831-869-6241. Class fee is $40 with discounts available to government agencies and charities.

“There are a lot of people out there who want to know how to help animals in crisis. History has shown us that when we don’t give them that information, they’ll take things into their own hands, said Jay Holcomb, Executive Director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center. “By providing this type of training, we’re able to guide people to work within the system for the greater good.”

WildRescue’s director, Rebecca Dmytryk, sees this educational campaign as a means of building a community’s corps of specially trained individuals who may be called upon to rescue injured wild animals – be there one or thousands. She hopes many will be recruited by local rescue organizations wishing to bolster their own capabilities.

November 28, 2007

Temporary Berkeley bird rescue center closes

The makeshift bird rescue center at the Berkeley Marina setup days after the San Francisco Bay oil spill was closed on Monday.

The Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) moved all the operations to the International Bird Rescue and Research Center (IBRRC) in Cordelia.

Hundreds of oiled birds were collected and stabilized at the temporary rescue center after the Cosco Busan crashed into the Bay Bridge on November 7th. The container ship spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the bay.

The rescued birds were driven some 35 miles to the Cordelia center for treatment. That oiled wildlife center is 10,000 square feet and features state-of-the-art petroleum wash bays and pools to help rehabilitate birds. It opened in 2001 and is co-managed by IBRRC and OWCN.

You can still report an oiled bird sighting: 415-701-2311

Read the Berkeley Daily Planet story

November 15, 2007

Still out searching for birds

A week has past since the foul stench of bunker crude left its mark on San Francisco Bay. The oil is being cleaned off beaches and the bay. And more importantly from a wildlife standpoint, birds are STILL being rescued.

Crews are working at this very moment trying to locate and catch any oiled bird in distress. They’re searching the rocky shores of Treasure Island, the muddy flats at low tide in Berkeley, the estuaries of Alameda and the Hoffman Marsh area in Richmond that may contain beached oiled birds. They use cat-like tactics, scouting out locations for night time pickups using beacons of light to sneak up on oiled, hyperthermic birds.

It’s not easy work. The birds are spooked easily and wary of anyone carrying a net. But this is the front lines of wildlife rescue and these dedicated crews from IBRRC/OWCN, Fish & Game and others are doing everything in their power to pickup every distressed bird possible.

Please, if you see a birds that need to be rescued, call 311 in San Francisco; outside the SF, please call (415) 701-2311 or if you can’t get through, submit an online sighting report.

Be patient. The crews have a lot of ground to cover. Some areas may be cordoned off in advance to calm skitish birds, allowing crews to capture the unaware avian victims.

Above all, keep unleashed dogs away from beaches and shorelines containing birds. Without your help, good will and continued public bird sightings, the search will surely drag on.

Check our website for more updates: http://www.ibrrc.org

November 14, 2007

Drop off donated items at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The good folks at Enterprise Rent-A-Car have graciously offered to except donations for the oiled bird rescue at four distinct locations in the Bay Area.

If you paper towels, toilet paper, Pedialyte, Ensure or other items to donate, please drop them off at the following locations between 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

In the North Bay:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
600 Rush Landing Road
Novato, CA 94945
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East Bay
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1706 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
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San Francisco
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
312 8th Street (at Folsom)
San Francisco, CA 94103
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San Jose
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
3635 Pearl Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136.
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