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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.

January 21, 2008

Daily Breeze editorial: Pelican shot by arrow

Under the ‘we couldn’t have said it much better’ column:

“Few things highlight the capacity for pointless cruelty by humans more than the injured pelican at Encino’s Lake Balboa. Someone shot the poor thing in the beak with an arrow, and now it can’t even eat.

Why someone would torture an elegant creature that beautifies the park is simply unfathomable. But with the bad comes the good. This creature’s suffering has also highlighted the awesome capacity for compassion by humans: Many people are trying to help the pelican survive. The caring people include officials at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro, who have been attempting to track down the ailing bird.

We can only hope that they reach the bird before it succumbs to its injuries – and that the perpetrator is caught before going on to other senseless brutality toward any of God’s creatures.”

– From the Daily Breeze newspaper January 20, 2008 editorial on the blight of an American White Pelican shot in the bill by an arrow. More info on the IBRRC website