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August 15, 2011

Your Support Is Helping Hungry Pelicans

Dear Friends,

With the support of friends like you, this summer International Bird Rescue is rehabilitating and releasing hundreds of young Brown Pelicans back into the wild. It’s a beautiful sight to see, and we are deeply grateful to those of you who reached into your pockets and helped us give these birds the care – and incredible amount of food – they need to survive and thrive!

As quickly as we set these birds free, more injured, ill, and starving Pelicans arrive. We will do everything we can to help them, but in the case of natural events like this, there is no responsible party to help defray the expense.

Together, International Bird Rescue’s two Wildlife Centers have been caring for 70-100 Brown Pelicans at a time. Every bird has its own set of needs, things like surgeries and medicines, but they all need to eat. Each one consumes half its bodyweight in food every day – about 6 pounds of fish – at up to $2.05 a pound. See video

If you haven’t made a donation to International Bird Rescue yet, we hope that you will. If you have, our heartfelt thanks. We hope you’ll tell your friends why our work is important to you, and encourage them to join you. It would mean the world to us – and a whole lot more to every bird that arrives on our doorstep. Donate Now

With deepest gratitude,

Paul Kelway
Executive Director
International Bird Rescue

July 27, 2011

Hungry Pelicans Need a Helping Hand

Dear Friends,

Brown Pelican at in care at International Bird RescueInternational Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Wildlife Centers are working long hours this summer to care for an influx of young aquatic birds. Most striking are the large numbers of juvenile Brown Pelicans in urgent need of care. As quickly as we can get them back on their feet and released into the wild, more arrive. See Pelican Video

Some have injuries caused by fishing hooks or fishing line, others suffer from various forms of infection, and about half are simply starving, unable to find enough food to survive on their own.

A young Brown Pelican eats an average of 6 pounds of fish a day – half its bodyweight – and each of our two centers is caring for 40-50 Pelicans at a time. International Bird Rescue is purchasing more than 500 lbs. of fish per day at up to $2.05 a pound just to keep these birds fed – and that’s just the Pelicans!

It is only through generous donations from friends like you that we are able to provide all of the birds that pass through our doors with everything they need to survive and thrive. We ask you to please donate what you can to help us save not just these birds, but every bird that needs us. Donate Now

From the largest Brown Pelican to the tiniest Killdeer chick, every bird matters.

With heartfelt thanks,

Paul Kelway
Executive Director
International Bird Rescue

December 27, 2010

Your gift will go twice as far to help birds

During these last days of 2010 your gift to IBRRC will go twice as far to help birds. Between now and December 31, 2010 a generous donor has agreed to match all gifts, dollar for dollar, up $15,000.

Oiled, injured and sick aquatic birds arrive at one of our two California rescue centers nearly every day. This year, we have treated more than 5,500 birds – and that doesn’t count our Gulf Coast oil spill response. Costs for treatment, care, feeding and rehabilitation of most of those birds come from private donations.

Please consider making a tax-deductible year-end contribution to the International Bird Rescue Research Center.

Prefer to mail a check? Please send it here:


4369 Cordelia Road

Fairfield, CA 94534

Phone: (707) 207-0380 Ext. 109

And thanks for your support!

November 2, 2009

How you can help the birds and IBRRC

Lot’s have people are asking how they can help IBRRC during this busy time. Besides a direct monetary donation, you can still help us by buying a bottle of DAWN Dishwashing liquid or purchasing items from the IBRRC online store.

We’ve got IBRRC t-shirts, hats, lapel pins and photo cards. All the proceeds go to help us take better care of distressed, oiled and sick birds. All orders are processed through PayPal. See our store

The Dawn Saves Wildlife program is still going strong and has raised nearly $140,000 to be split between IBRRC and the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. After your purchase a bottle of DAWN, you go to their website and “register” the bottle’s unique number. It just takes a minute.

By the way, every year Procter & Gamble also donates cases and case of its products to help care for birds. We’ve been using DAWN for almost 30 years to clean bird’s feathers.

March 28, 2009

IBRRC launches Pennies for Pelicans program

Want to help a pelican? Donate your pennies and loose change to IBRRC’s new Pennies for Pelicans program.

All proceeds will go towards changing the lives of these birds, and giving them a second chance to return to the wild.

A donation of 1% of a dollar can add up fast. Its fun and easy program for anyone to participate in and help save Brown Pelicans!

Why pelicans need your help

Pelicans have been brought to our two California centers this year in unusually large numbers. They are incredible birds with an iconic face, long bills, unique pouches and they are big eaters. One pelican can eat up to five pounds of fish a day during a rehabilitation!

To help us pay for all the fish, IBRRC will be placing collection boxes at specific locations. If you would like to have one at your high traffic location, please let us know.

Soon we will have Brown Pelican curriculum available for teachers with age-specific educational activities. Stay tuned for information on this exciting new program.

Since 1971, the non-profit International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) has been dedicated to saving oiled, injured and sick aquatic birds worldwide. IBRRC is a member of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) and manages two bird rescue centers in California: Cordelia/Fairfield (Solano County) and San Pedro (Los Angeles County). The organization has responded to over 200 oil spills.

IBRRC is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization. Your contribution to any of its programs is tax deductible. To donate online, we can accept donations through PayPal. You can also adopt-a-pelican.

Pennies for Pelicans was the idea IBRRC volunteer, Liz Drummond. The logo was designed by Michelle Bellizzi, our Rehabilitation Manager at the Northern California bird center.

More info: Pennies for Pelicans Program

August 7, 2008

Crisis continues for Brown Pelicans along coast

In the last few days our Northern California rehabilitation center, located in Fairfield, received another 25 brown pelicans from the Santa Cruz area. That makes a total of 137 pelicans this year in Northern California alone and 115 of those pelicans have come in since June 15th! Until recently they have been mostly young birds that are learning to fish and are feeding on large schools of anchovies and sardines that are moving along the California coastline. As of today, more than 30 of the birds that have come to our center are suffering from injuries due to fishing hooks and monofilament line entanglement.

Overview of the Current Crisis Situation

For those of you that don’t remember, in 2002 IBRRC received 200 injured pelicans from Santa Cruz within a month because large numbers of brown pelicans were feeding on anchovies under the Santa Cruz piers. Fisherman fishing from the piers can catch up to five small fish at a time by basically creating a long line system where each line has up to five leads with hooks on the ends of them. The lines are dropped from very high piers and are often pulled up with up to 5 wiggling fish on them. Pelicans see this as a free meal and grab them, becoming entangled. The fishermen get annoyed, cut the lines and then the pelicans are found on the wharf and local beaches with injuries and entanglements. This is happening right now!

In 2002 IBRRC worked with local government and California Fish & Game to temporarily close the Santa Cruz wharf to fishing until the bait fish moved out of the area. This tactic was successful and ended the fishing tackle entanglements. We are again asking the regulatory agencies to temporarily close these areas to fishing. This year the problem is much worse as three different piers are being used for fishing and literally thousands of brown pelicans are feeding on the fish. Two of the piers are now closed but one remains open to fishing. One fisherman complained to reporters that he is catching a pelican every 20 minutes and cutting the line.

Media report: ABC-TV: Pelicans getting fatally snared in Capitola

IBRRC as the Hub for west coast pelican rehabilitation

IBRRC has the largest facilities and most advanced program for pelican and sea bird rehabilitation along the west coast of the US. Each of our rehabilitation centers is equipped with a one hundred foot long pelican flight aviary. These aviaries are specifically built for pelicans and provide them flight rehabilitation. Each aviary can hold up to 75 birds at a time and both are in full use right now.

Your support is desperately needed

As I write this appeal there are 70 brown pelicans at our Northern California center, in Fairfield, receiving treatment for fishing tackle injuries and other problems and an equal amount at our Southern California facility in San Pedro. Each pelican eats up to 5 pounds of fish a day. The low estimate of a single pelican’s cost to rehabilitate is $20.00 per day. In truth, the cost is much more for those that require antibiotics and further care. I am asking for your financial support again to help us in this crisis situation.

We have set up many ways for our supporters to contribute. Donations in any amount you wish are always welcome. You may Adopt a Pelican or become a Pelican Partner. Becoming a Pelican Partner provides you with the opportunity to receive a private tour of one of our facilities and join our staff or volunteers at the release of the pelican that you have adopted and helped. I urge you to help us rehabilitate these pelicans. Share this information with friends and encourage their involvement. Help us: Adopt-a-Pelican or Donate

Thank you from all the staff and volunteers at IBRRC for your help.

Jay Holcomb

Executive Director
International Bird Rescue Research Center, IBRRC

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.

March 13, 2008

Want to help more birds? Donate your old car

Do you have an old car that you’d like put to good use? Then please donate it to IBRRC.

We just linked up again with a car donation program that will take your car, sell it auction and donate the proceeds to our general operating fund. And you get a tax write-off for your good deed.

To learn more, please visit our Car Donation page on the IBRRC website.

November 20, 2007

Moved to action: 9 year old Haley Gee

“Mother nature is sick. We need to help her,” says Haley Gee.

Motivated by seeing an oiled bird from the Cosco Busan spill disaster, animal lover Haley Gee, a 9 year old from Berkeley, CA got a bucket and started asking everyone she met for donations.

She decided to help International Bird Rescue Research Center’s year round efforts treating injured and orphaned aquatic birds and waterfowl. Within a week she and her fellow bird club members at the Berkeley Montessori School raised about $400.

In honor of her efforts, a special fund has been created, Hayley’s Bird Rescue Fund. All monies donated into this fund will be used towards treating the thousands of birds IBRRC treats every year at its two California bird centers.

In Haley’s own words:

“I saw a picture in the newspaper a few days after the spill. The picture was of a bird that was covered in oil. I felt really sorry for the birds and all the birds in the oil spill because they didn’t do anything wrong and a lot of them have died. Oil makes the feathers lose the power to keep air next to their body so they get cold…”

Read more and contribute

San Francisco Chronicle story and photos

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

East Bay
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1706 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

San Francisco
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
312 8th Street (at Folsom)
San Francisco, CA 94103

San Jose
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
3635 Pearl Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136.

November 14, 2007

Donating to OWCN and network partners

From the Oiled Wildlife Care Network:

“We want to make it clear that the costs associated with this current response will be paid by the party responsible for spilling the oil.

If you would like to make a donation to the OWCN and its participating organizations for ongoing oiled wildlife care and rehabilitation activities, you can do so by sending a check to the Wildlife Health Center Foundation, P.O. Box 298, Davis, California, 95616. These donations will be used to prepare for oil spills in the western United States and internationally.”

OWCN online donation

Participating organizations in the OWCN also accept donations individually, including IBRRC. You can find more information about them these great organizations here.

November 14, 2007

Donating t-shirts and imprinting

Anybody willing to help us find a good place to design and imprint t-shirts to be given away to the hundreds of volunteers on this spill response?

If you’re an artist, send us your ideas. If you’re project manager who has time to see this through, please send an e-mail to russ@ibrrc.org.

In the past we’ve had staff handle this project, but considering the spill, we’re all just a little too busy to take this on ourselves

You can check our other donation needs here.

Also, if you know someone willing to donate a good working order Xerox copier, please contact us as well.

As always, we appreciate all your generous help.

November 12, 2007

Donated items needed

So many folks keep asking what they can do to help on the spill. Besides volunteering, please think about donating items that may be helpful to the response. Check our list

Basic needs include:

Old sheets
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Freshly brewed coffee (hello, Peet’s or Starbucks)
Bottled water

Long term needs:

T-shirts and imprinting with design help

Newer Macintosh computers for record keeping

In all, anything you can help with goes a long way. Before dropping off a pallet of paper towels, please let us know. See the computer need list

Thanks for all your help and words of encouragement.