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Second time around for 12-year-old Great Blue Heron

Jay Holcomb, IBRRC’s Executive Director reports on a 12-year-old Great Blue Heron that has been given two chances at surviving in this rough and tumble world: “Back on July 23, 1996 a Great Blue Heron, tangled in fishing line with fishing hooks embedded in its wing was captured and brought to the Alexander Lindsay Museum…

Deadly Domoic Acid killing record numbers of animals in Southern California

It’s happened with predictable regularity, every spring IBR braces for Domoic Acid infected seabirds entering into care – especially California Brown Pelicans.  Called DA for short, Domoic Acid is a neurotoxin that causes brain seizures in ocean wildlife that will ultimately die if not treated quickly and aggressively. In the spring of 2007 it was…

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“Poster child” of mutilated pelicans gets second chance at life

California Brown Pelicans continue to endure human abuse A young female California brown pelican, who endured three surgeries and hundreds of stitches to repair her pouch, finally was set free on Thursday, September 23, 2004. Found in the Redondo Beach area, her pouch slit from ear to ear, “Slash” spent two months in rehabilitation at…