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November 22, 2011

First Penguins Released After New Zealand Oil Spill

49 Little Blue Penguins oiled in the spill from the grounded cargo ship Rena were released today in New Zealand, after rescue and rehabilitation by emergency response teams, including International Bird Rescue, organized through Massey University’s New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre.

In preparation for the release we set up three aviaries with a salt water system and gradually raised the salinity to that of seawater. We sorted the penguins into “tribes” according to their location of capture, their state of waterproofing and their estimated time until molt. We are relieved to be getting most of them out before molt. Ecologist and Dotterel expert John Dowding also performed a final evaluation of habitat to start releasing some of the Dotterels who were captured to the south. Hopefully by the time Dr Brett Gartrell, the Wildlife Centre Manager, returns in a week, we will be down to 225-250 birds in care.

Christmas is already in the air down here. Since New Zealanders don’t celebrate Thanksgiving there is nothing to stop Christmas creep. There is already talk of our Facilities Manager Bill Dwyer’s annual staff Christmas party and we are even seeing a number of posters for New Year’s events.

It’s a bit hard to get into the Christmas spirit for those of us not used to worrying about sunburn in November, but it is starting to look like we may make it home with some time left to do our Christmas shopping.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Curt Clumpner
Preparedness Director
International Bird Rescue

December 19, 2007

Birds released hits the 400 mark

This week the release of cleaned birds back to the wild hit the 400 number mark. On Tuesday morning December 18, a team from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network released 4 birds – 2 horned grebes and 2 surf scoters – at San Pablo Bay. All the birds came in from the Cosco Busan oil spill that struck San Francisco Bay on November 7.

Rehabilitation continues for those birds in care with secondary problems, including
hock, keel and foot lesions. Releases will continue as birds come off of
medical care.

November 30, 2007

317 cleaned birds back in the wild

A total of 317 cleaned birds have been released back in the wild.

As of November 29, 1,060 oiled birds arrived live to the bird center in Cordelia. The last bunch of birds are in rehabilitation pools getting ready for release. At least 573 died or were euthanized at the center after being oiled in the November 7th spill on San Francisco Bay.

Nearly 1,700 dead birds have been collected in the field.

Numbers via OWCN on November 29, 2007 @ 8 PM.

November 27, 2007

Released birds now total 231

More than 231 cleaned birds have been released back in the wild. Birds are being set free at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay. This at the Point Reyes National Seashore area about 40 miles north of San Francisco.

As of November 26, 1,060 oiled birds arrived live to the bird center in Cordelia. A total of 782 have been washed of oil.

At least 1,693 dead birds have been collected in the field.

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