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Oldest Known Banded King Eider Found 23 Years After Oil Spill Care

A new bird banding report shows something truly remarkable: the oldest known King Eider – a species of sea duck – was a 24-year-old oil spill survivor cared for by International Bird Rescue. This finding proves once again that rehabilitated, formerly-oiled birds can survive many years after treatment and release back to the wild. The…

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Goleta/421 Pier Oil Release Spill Event: Anything Can Happen

On May 29, 2019 International Bird Rescue was activated for spill response by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) after approximately 80-125 gallons of crude were released into the Pacific Ocean on May 28 in Goleta, CA. This type of response is well within Bird Rescue’s wheelhouse, and we know what to expect: Within hours…

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Update Two Crises: 2nd Team Deployed to South Africa, Rising Number of California Oiled Birds

As two avian crises, on two continents, continues to unfold, International Bird Rescue is sending a new team to South Africa to support a large scale waterbird rescue. And at home in California, additional staff has been added to respond to rising numbers of oiled birds. Bird Rescue is asking the public to help support…

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Seabirds Oiled By Natural Seep Along California Coast Flood Los Angeles Center

Updated 3/4/2019 Since the beginning of 2019, more than 150 oiled seabirds coated in natural seep have been found stranded on beaches up and down the coast of California, from San Mateo County to Orange County. The rescued birds are being washed and rehabilitated at our Los Angeles wildlife center. They include mainly Western Grebes,…

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Bird Rescue Celebrates 40 Years With Dawn, Procter And Gamble

No one wishes for oil spills. Not petroleum companies, and certainly not those of us who care about the environment. But spills do happen, and one particularly bad spill occurred in 1971 right outside San Francisco Bay. When bad things happen, good people respond. A group of concerned local citizens trooped down to beaches and…

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Bird Rescue Remains On-Call in the Wake of Two Major Oil Spills

Within the past week, there have been two notable oil spills impacting the world. In Rotterdam, Netherlands, hundreds of swans and other birds were oiled when 7,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil spilled into the harbor. Closer to home in Doon, Iowa, a train derailment leaked 230,000 gallons of oil into the Rock River. Both…

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Sometimes in a Spill Crisis, No Wildlife is the Best Outcome

In February, just as many of our team were arriving for our co-hosting duties of this year’s National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association conference in Anaheim, CA, International Bird Rescue was called to respond to an oil spill in the remote islands of the Kodiak Archipelago. The details were only just emerging: a 3,000-gallon bladder stored inside a dockside…