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January 15, 2008

2008 comes in with a bang

The new year is turning out to be a busy one for IBRRC. In the first half of January, the bird center has personnel dedicated to the following events:

•Patagonia oil spill in Argentina
IBRRC is again teaming up with international wildlife professionals on Patagonia’s coast to help save 400 birds oiled affected by a mystery spill. Read more

•Battered by storms, birds flood center
Over a 100 birds, including a long-lost tropical Frigate bird, arrived for care at IBRRC’s Northern California center. All the birds in care were affected by severe weather that hit the Bay Area during early January. Winds in some areas were clocked at over 100 miles an hour. See full story

•Oily Bald Eagles arrive at IBRRC’s Alaska center
At least 35 bald eagles, who got caught in a feeding frenzy at a Kodiak fish processing plant, are on the mend at IBRRC’s Anchorage bird center. The oiled birds were rescued and flown to the center after becoming unable to fly following the melee inside a fish waste truck. More info

If you can, please help us out with our year-round bird rehabilitation program. Learn how to donate.

January 9, 2008

Day 55 of spill: More oil churned up by storms

Recent San Francisco Bay Area storms seem to be churning up more of the oil that spilled from the Cosco Busan two months ago. According to news reports, the Coast Guard sent clean-up teams to several beaches along the East Bay shoreline of San Francisco Bay today. Apparently oil was spotted in the Emeryville area this week. KCBS radio report

So far, the Coast Guard says they have recovered about 30 percent of the 58,000 gallons that spilled into the bay on November 7, 2007. The spill happened after the Cosco Busan container ship struck the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog while heading out of the bay.

Over 2,500 birds died from the spill. Another 400 were saved and cleaned and then released back into the wild.

KGO-TV report

December 29, 2007

Any oil at the bottom of San Francisco Bay?

To be on the safe side, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will check to see if any oil settled on the bottom of San Francisco Bay near the site of last month’s Cosco Busan 58,000 gallon oil spill.

According the corps, the swabbing of the bay’s bottom will give it a better idea how far the bunker oil spread when the Cosco Bussan side-swiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on November 7, 2007. The resulting spill spread through the bay and ultimately oiled beaches south past Pacifica to north around Point Reyes.

The oil spill was especially tough on birds in the bay. At least 2,500 birds died during the response.

Read the story in the San Francisco Chronicle

Full coverage of Oil Spill

December 21, 2007

Good riddance: Cosco Busan sails out of port

Chased by lawsuits, the Cosco Busan ship that side-swiped the San Francisco Bay Bridge, finally headed back to South Korea.

The ship sailed out of San Francisco on a crsytal clear day on Thursday morning. Numerous lawsuits will follow the owners of the ship, including a big lawsuit filed by the city of San Francisco.

The Hong Kong based Cosco Busan spilled 58,000 gallons of toxic bunker fuel into the San Francisco Bay after it struck the bridge on November 7, 2007. Nearly 2,500 birds were killed in the spill.

It had been at a Pier 70 ship repair yard to fix the 230-foot gash in its port side. Regal Stone, the owner of the 900-foot ship, put up a $80 million note to cover the maritime release bond. Most of that bond will help pay the total cleanup costs on the spill which have been estimated at more than $60 million.

(Coast Guard photo of the gash; Yes it’s been repaired)

November 22, 2007

1,053 birds arrived live; 767 washed

New bird care numbers for the SF spill, now more than two weeks old, have been posted:

Birds arrived live: 1,053
Washed: 767
Died/euthanized: 472
Released: 122
Found dead in field: 1,544

Bird numbers also updated daily on this blog’s right hand column.

If you do find an oiled bird, please call (415) 701-2311.

OWCN numbers updated: 11/21/07 @ 8:00 PM

November 15, 2007

Still out searching for birds

A week has past since the foul stench of bunker crude left its mark on San Francisco Bay. The oil is being cleaned off beaches and the bay. And more importantly from a wildlife standpoint, birds are STILL being rescued.

Crews are working at this very moment trying to locate and catch any oiled bird in distress. They’re searching the rocky shores of Treasure Island, the muddy flats at low tide in Berkeley, the estuaries of Alameda and the Hoffman Marsh area in Richmond that may contain beached oiled birds. They use cat-like tactics, scouting out locations for night time pickups using beacons of light to sneak up on oiled, hyperthermic birds.

It’s not easy work. The birds are spooked easily and wary of anyone carrying a net. But this is the front lines of wildlife rescue and these dedicated crews from IBRRC/OWCN, Fish & Game and others are doing everything in their power to pickup every distressed bird possible.

Please, if you see a birds that need to be rescued, call 311 in San Francisco; outside the SF, please call (415) 701-2311 or if you can’t get through, submit an online sighting report.

Be patient. The crews have a lot of ground to cover. Some areas may be cordoned off in advance to calm skitish birds, allowing crews to capture the unaware avian victims.

Above all, keep unleashed dogs away from beaches and shorelines containing birds. Without your help, good will and continued public bird sightings, the search will surely drag on.

Check our website for more updates: http://www.ibrrc.org

November 14, 2007

Drop off donated items at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The good folks at Enterprise Rent-A-Car have graciously offered to except donations for the oiled bird rescue at four distinct locations in the Bay Area.

If you paper towels, toilet paper, Pedialyte, Ensure or other items to donate, please drop them off at the following locations between 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

In the North Bay:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
600 Rush Landing Road
Novato, CA 94945
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East Bay
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1706 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
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San Francisco
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
312 8th Street (at Folsom)
San Francisco, CA 94103
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San Jose
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
3635 Pearl Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136.
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November 14, 2007

When humans don’t help: Dog walkers

Notes from field:

One of the big problems we’re seeing in this tragic oil spill in San Francisco Bay is the HUMAN element. Many of our wildlife rescue members have reported running into many people ignoring “closed beach” signs. These thoughtless folks continue to run and walk dogs (on and off leash) along stretches that should be off limits.

Oiled birds are super STRESSED, cold and often starving. The last thing they need is the extra visual stimuli that comes from joggers and dog walkers. They view any intruder into their space as predators and will use the last bit of energy to escape back into the water.

At Pt. Richmond, numerous dog walkers continue to have dogs off leash in sensitive areas. In one account, a dog owner had his dog swimming in the bay and managed to scare off at least 50 oiled birds. This careless act kept birds in need of care out reach of wildlife rescue personnel.

We had another report from a crew member who was shocked beyond belief. He watched as a dog owner ran his big dogs on an oil covered beach near Golden Gate Fields in Albany. The owner then pulled out a ball and began throwing it into the oily bay for the dogs to fetch. When asked to keep dogs off the beach, the owner responded in a very unpleasant fashion.

Please! For the sake of these oiled animals and others, keep your dogs away from sensitive areas on the bay and beaches. LEASH YOUR DOGS at all times around the affected areas, including jetties, boat docks and low tide areas.

Let our crews capture these frightened birds before they succumb to hyperthermia and eventual death.

November 12, 2007

652 birds in care; 126 washed of oil

New numbers on oiled birds in care:

652 live birds
126 washed of oil
485 dead

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

Updated numbers: Monday 4:00 PM, November 12, 2007.

November 9, 2007

Dark day on San Francisco Bay

The staff here at International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) has been working non-stop for the three days rescuing as many oiled birds as possible. So far, the center in Cordelia has more than 70 birds in care.

Check out the disturbing photos on SF Chronicle’s website

The culprit of this spill is the Cosco Busan. It’s a container ship that struck the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 causing 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil to dump into the bay. It was heading out to sea when the accident happened.

IBRRC was quickly alerted by mid day on Wednesday to the potential of oiled animals. As a major partner in the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN), we had staff members on the water and shoreline surveying the damage to wildlife.

As spill is coating birds and other wildlife. Unless these birds are rescued soon, the oil spill potentially will endanger the lives of thousands of birds that live in and migrate through these coastal waters.

Check our website is http://www.ibrrc.org