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January 14, 2011

Thank you for helping rescue birds!

Dear Friend of IBRRC,

Happy 2011 and thank you so much for your support in 2010!

Thanks to donors like you, International Bird Rescue Research Center raised enough funds in the last week of December to meet our $15,000 matching goal. We are thrilled with this news, as that translates into $30,000 to help treat the sick and injured birds arriving daily in our rescue centers.

We never know when the next wildlife emergency will strike, sending stricken birds to our doors, but thanks to the generosity of IBRRC donors like you, we can be prepared to care for them whenever they arrive.

In 2010, we treated nearly 5,000 birds in our two centers – everything from pelicans to tiny sandpipers to lesser-known fulmars. Last month we also cared for a tundra swan that was found cold and weak in a farmer’s field.

Thank you so much for helping make our work possible and best wishes for a peaceful and happy new year.


Paul Kelway, Executive Director
Jay Holcomb, Director Emeritus
International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC)

Photo by Kurtis Diffenbaugh

November 15, 2010

Fifth grader organizes DAWN donations for spill

We received five big mystery boxes this week at our offices in California that helps bolster your faith in humanity.

Inside the well packed cartons were 168 bottles of DAWN dishwashing liquid. They were donated by school kids organized by fifth grader Evan Meadows at St. Genevieve School in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

In a letter from his mom, Kathie Meadows, she says:

“My son, Evan Meadows, a fifth grade student was so moved by the Dawn commercials he saw over the summer he decided he wanted to something to help and to raise awareness of the plight faced by the animals affected by the BP Gulf Coast spill. 

He spearheaded a campaign asking kindergarten through grade 4 to donate one bottle of Dawn dish detergent to send to you at the International Bird Rescue Research Center to assist you in the massive effort of cleaning the animals…”

The 500 pounds of dishwashing liquid were shipped free from a local UPS store.

By the way, IBRRC has been using DAWN for more than 30 years to help remove oil from birds feathers. Dawn’s parent company, Procter & Gamble has been a long-time supporter of wildlife rescue efforts including year-round donations of DAWN to the bird rescue group’s two California bird centers. See: Dawn Saves Wildlife

Thanks to Evan and his fellow students at St. Genevieve School!

Read more:
Fifth-grader organizes campaign for the Gulf crisis

November 8, 2009

Digging deep: Kid’s donation to help treat birds

We got the nicest note from a kid this past week that always helps keep us moving forward in our bird rescue efforts:

I hope these 50 dollars can help save some birds lives. I just wanted you to know that $34 of those dollars are from my allowance. I’m really glad they can help a really good cause!

– Sequoia, age 11, Fairfax, CA

It reminded us of the remarkable school kids led by 9-year-old Haley Gee in Berkeley two years ago during the Cosco Busan oil spill. Motivated by seeing oiled birds dying, she and her group 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. Because of Haley’s efforts, others stepped up to help as well. Haley Gee Fund info

April 21, 2009

Burglar rattles nerves at Fairfield bird rescue

The second break-in in two weeks at IBRRC’s Fairfield bird center is rattling staff’s nerves.

On Sunday, clinic staff arrived to care for the hospital’s avian patients and were greeted with the sight of sprayed broken glass, an office in complete disarray and missing items, including all the money in the in-house donation box.

This is the second break-in in the Fairfield center in two weeks. The first incident was on April 8th, when items from the administration building were stolen. Stolen property from both incidents is valued at approximately $5,000.00.

No birds currently under care were harmed. The International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) is cooperating with the Fairfield Police Department in their investigation. Any information or suspicious activity should be reported to the Fairfield Police Department at 707-428-7300.

IBRRC has recently been in the news with the current influx of Brandt’s cormorants, mostly from the South Bay area that are showing up thin and disoriented. The break-ins have come at a time when the center is very busy and working to raise funds to feed and care for the sick cormorants and other patients they are receiving daily.

The stolen items included important computers for data collection that help us process the thousands of birds treated each year. All of the computers were backed up to a secure location and there wasn’t any membership data on these units. From what we know, some other businesses in the area also were hit by thieves.

IBRRC would like to remind other organizations to be extra vigilant with security. For the sake of your nerves, backup computer files often and add extra features at your offices to help deter these costly crimes.