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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.

January 10, 2009

New stories: Brown pelicans turning up sick

The Contra Costa Times video perfectly captured the sounds, words and deeds of our staff and volunteers working with impacted brown pelicans. This report is from Fairfield and similar stories could be told from the Southern California bird center:

The voice over is from Michelle Bellizzi, our dedicated Rehabilitation Manager in Fairfield, CA.

Read the complete story from the January 9th Contra Costa Times

See the IBRRC report on pelican crisis

March 30, 2008

New 100-ft pelican aviary at SF Bay Center

Recuperating pelicans in Northern California now have a better place to stretch their wings after the construction of a new 100-foot flight aviary at International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Center located in Fairfield.

In 2007, thanks to a generous grant from the Green Foundation and funding from the California Department of Fish and Game, IBRRC designed and built the aviary at the San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care & Education Center. The center is managed by IBRRC as part of Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) treating oiled, injured and sick aquatic birds year-round in the Northern California area and beyond.

The critical need for an extra large aviary to care for pelicans and other large birds has always been known. It became even more evident in 2002 when IBRRC treated over 200 sick brown pelicans.

This is IBRRC’s second aviary on the west coast. In 2001, the first large pelican aviary was built and operates at the Los Angeles Oiled Wildlife Care & Education Center in San Pedro, CA. In seven years it has housed over a 1,000 Brown and White Pelicans and many other sea bird species including Cormorants, Terns, Gulls, Frigatebirds, Albatross and Boobies.

See more info on IBRRC in San Pedro