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December 22, 2010

Volunteer: Why I help birds for free at IBRRC

Dear IBRRC Friend,

My name is Karen Sheldon, and I’m a volunteer at IBRRC’s Northern California bird rescue center. From one bird lover to another, I’d like to tell you a little about my experience caring for injured aquatic birds over the past four years.

If you’ve never visited IBRRC’s rescue centers, they’re like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They are not zoos by any means; they’re hospitals. The birds are there for a variety of reasons. But regardless of whether they are sick, injured or oiled, our ultimate goal is the same: to return these birds to the wild.

That’s why I hope you’ll consider making a year-end gift to IBRRC. No matter how large or small, I can guarantee you that your support makes a difference to these birds.

When a bird is ready to return to the wild, one of the volunteers usually drives it out to a release point. We call it “getting a ride out to the beach.” Watching these little guys who have been in our care for days when we open their cages – there’s nothing quite like that moment. Some of them are very cautious – they don’t want to get out of the enclosed space, and they very carefully get into the water. Others immediately rush up to join a group and fly away.

It’s these experiences that make all the long hours cleaning cages and dodging bird bites worth it.

And I can tell you firsthand that IBRRC wouldn’t exist and these releases would not be possible without the donor support. The Northern California center operates on only five paid staff and about 60 volunteers. And in 2010, we admitted more than 2,650 birds for care and treatment. I can’t stress enough how critical donor contributions are to keeping the centers running – and making these “rides out to the beach” possible.

I hope you will help us make more releases possible with your support.

Thank you so much for all you do to help us rescue birds.


Karen Sheldon
Volunteer, IBRRC Northern California Bird Rescue Center

September 12, 2009

Artist spotlight: Karen Nevis; Calendar out this week

If you’re in the Santa Cruz/Monterey area this weekend, we’d a recommend the Capitola Art & Wine Festival on September 12-13. Please check out artist Karen Nevis’s booth #20 to see her wonderful work. The festival is located at the Esplanade in Capitola, CA.

Karen will have a new 2010 Santa Cruz~Aptos-Capitola Calendar available this weekend. The calendar features her watercolors of animals and life along bay. It also has information and photos about IBRRC’s bird rescue efforts and how folks can better treat the environment they share with birds and other critters.

You can also see her work at the Open Studios October 10-11th or October 17-18th from 11-6pm. Open Studios map

If you can’t make these events, the calendars will be available in stores September 15th. Check her website for more information: http://www.karennevis.com/