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February 20, 2010

Staggering Number of Sick Brown Pelicans Flood Bird Rescue Centers

Hundreds of Brown Pelicans filled flight aviaries at both of Bird Rescue’s wildlife centers. Photo: International Bird Rescue

International Bird Rescue admitted a staggering 435 wet and sick California Brown Pelicans since January 1, 2010.

The good news is that more than 200 pelicans have been released back into the wild.

At our Los Angeles bird center, 101 live pelicans currently are in care. The San Francisco Bay center has approximately 20.

Wet, sick and dying pelicans have been flooding into Bird Rescue’s wildlife centers following the heavy rains, flooding and pollution from run-off that hit the California coast in early January 2010. As seabird specialists, Bird Rescue is doing its best to treat as many of these sick, cold and wet wildlife casualties at both of its California seabird rescue clinics.

The public has responded to our call for monetary help and donated supplies to assist this unprecedented rescue.

The influx of sick and starving pelicans garnered many media stories in 2010.

November 21, 2007

Release birds total now at 106

Another batch of cleaned birds were released back into the wild Tuesday at Heart’s Desire Beach at Tomales Bay. This brings the total of birds relased to 106. All of these birds were affected by the November 7, 2007 San Francisco Bay oil spill. They stabilized, fed and washed of oil at the IBRRC/OWCN bird rescue center.

The 30 birds released included 21 Surf Scoters, five Western Grebes, three White-winged Scoters and one Clark’s Grebe.

Another group of birds are planning to be released soon at Tomales Bay.

See story and photos on the first bird release

November 14, 2007

Updated bird numbers: 804 in care

An oiled Scaup is cleaned at OWCN/IBRRC bird
rescue center in Cordelia, CA. Click on image to see larger

Here’s the updated numbers on the oiled bird response:

804 live birds in care
244 washed of oil
105 died/euthanized
590 found dead in the field*

* birds found dead include:
112 visibly oiled
62 unoiled
416 unassessed

Full story on the spill

All of the birds are being treated at the OWCN’s San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center in Cordelia.

California Fish & Game and IBRRC wildlife rescue teams continue to comb the bay and beaches to collect birds for treatment after the SF Bay spill on Wednesday morning, November 7, 2007.

Updated numbers from OWCN: Tuesday 10:20 PM, November 13, 2007.


Volunteers wash birds at the Cordelia wildlife center.