This week, we had a fabulous behind-the-scenes tour of the local International Bird Rescue Center in the Bay Area. They helped an impressive 4, 500 birds last year and released 62 just this week alone.
They are ground zero for helping birds during oil spills and last year’s "mystery goo" spill. They take care of birds all year round and have made some heroic rescues and rehabilitations recently including the now-famous brown pelican called "Pink." Look for the blue band No. 70 out there! Here is the unforgettable video of Pink’s release.
A huge thank you to their new amazing Executive Director JD Bergeron for the private sneak peek tour. We loved seeing how the Center is taking such incredible care of birds, nursing them back to health (or raising them if they are chicks!) and releasing them back into the wild. They are very careful not to let their patients get too used to people so the birds can remain wild.
The International Bird Rescue Center’s slogan is "Every Bird Matters," and they are truly living up to these inspiring words. It was a dream come true to see them in action.
I love the International Bird Rescue Center’s Facebook page as they post pictures of their patients with funny and uplifting updates. Their once-a-week newsletter is also a must as they deliver videos of their recent releases (pelicans, great blue herons and more) and an inventory of who is in the Center at the moment.
Don’t forget their birdcams which are currently featuring seagull chicks, which are adorable and turn out to be speckled in the beginning.
If you have found a seabird or other aquatic bird in need of assistance, please call one of their centers: San Francisco Bay Area at 707-207-0380 and Los Angeles at 310-514-2573. If the birds are chicks, please make sure that their mother isn't nearby first. Some bird mothers will leave their chicks for a short period of time while they go in search of food.
You can see more about the International Bird Rescue Center at their web site at www.bird-rescue.org. You can even Adopt A Bird. This is one organization that is truly for the birds in the most positive sense!