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November 6, 2009

When it rains, it pours

Dear friends,

A Red-throated Loon caught in deadly sea-slime gets washed and rinsed. (Photo: Paul Kelway/IBRRC)

As you know, International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) is in the midst of a large-scale rescue effort to save seabirds threatened by a massive algal bloom off the coast of Oregon and Washington State. After more than a week of 17-hour days, our dedicated staff and volunteers have washed over 400 birds. 150 have already been returned to the wild.

In the midst of our efforts we were deeply saddened to hear that a U.S. Coast Guard crew, colleagues to those that so generously gave their time and resources to airlift these birds to safety, were involved in a fatal air crash near San Diego while flying the same C-130 plane. On the same day, International Bird Rescue was activated by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to respond to an oil spill in San Francisco Bay and we still have rescue teams in the field as I write. It has been quite a week.

This unusual algae event has had all the wildlife casualties but none of the financial resources available to save seabirds from oil spills so it is your incredible generosity that is giving these beautiful birds a second chance.

To date, we have raised two-thirds of the money we need to complete our mission and save these birds. I want to personally thank you for helping us get so far.

If you have not yet donated to save these birds and are inspired to do so we still need your help to find the remaining $15,000 to buy food for the birds, essential medical supplies and equipment. If you have already given but know someone who may wish to make a lifesaving contribution, please help us spread the word by forwarding on this message. Please donate now

We are all deeply touched by your kindness and generosity. Thank you for answering the call of these majestic marine birds.


Jay Holcomb
Executive Director
International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC)

October 27, 2009

Your help needed to save algae slimed seabirds

Dear friends,

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