I am contacting you to ask for your urgent help. Thousands of seabirds are dying along the coast of Oregon and Washington state, soiled by an unusual sea slime caused by algal blooming. Hundreds more birds, still fighting for their lives, have washed up on nearby beaches.
International Bird Rescue (IBRRC) is in a race against time to save Red-throated Loons and other sensitive migratory birds from this catastrophe and to relieve overwhelmed local wildlife groups. Nearly two hundred seabirds have already been transported to California where our experienced team has the best chance of saving them. Thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard, 305 more arrived today. See update
Because of the shear number of casualties, International Bird Rescue is treating this emergency as an oil spill, with one significant difference – there is no oil. This means that there is no responsible party and therefore no financial support for our rescue effort. Donate online now
We have mobilized our experienced team but we need your help to save these beautiful birds. We need to find $50,000 to pay for their care – medication, food for the birds and other supplies and equipment. We can only do this with your help. View photos
Please donate online now or send a check and help us reach this financial goal. Your generosity will truly make a world of difference.
With heartfelt thanks,
Jay Holcomb, Executive Director, International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC)
Photo of beached loon: P. CHILTON/Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team
Photo of unloading of birds: Paul Kelway/IBRRC