I recently told you about visiting The Marine Mammal Center on behalf of Dawn as a Dawn Wildlife Ambassador. Shortly before the experience, we got an inside look at International Bird Rescue (IBR) in California. This nonprofit wildlife organization has been performing rescue work since 1971. It was eyeopening to see all the work they are doing, many of it they are learning to do as situations arise.
Inside Look at International Bird Rescue in California
The International Bird Rescue is committed to caring for birds affected by both natural and man-made disasters, such as oil spills and marine debris. They’ve even had citizens drive in injured birds, although they don’t recommend it for safety reasons. Each year, the two IBR centers in California care for over 5,000 birds, that includes pelicans, herons, albatrosses, and other aquatic species.
We saw some of the birds they are caring for during our visit and also met with Dr. Rebecca Duerr who is the clinical veterinarian and research director at International Bird Rescue’s two wildlife clinics in California.
She treats the injured birds and often times is inviting things like stints and casts to fit the various birds she sees. She does a fantastic job working on tiny bones of birds and here I can barely sew a button on without pricking myself.
International Bird Rescue is prepared and ready to take in birds from oil spills. Their spill response teams have led rescue efforts in over 200 incidents across six continents. Since 1978, Dawn Dish Soap is their go-to because the grease-fighting formula is tough on oil, yet gentle on the animals’ delicate skin. Isabel Luevano,
San Francisco Wildlife Center Manager, walked us through the “Oil Spill Clean-Up Area” filled will massive wash bins and drains that can accommodate a lot of birds and water at once.
She even showed us how much easier it is for them to clean up oiled feathers with Dawn Dish Soap. There was plenty of that on hand at the center if they need it. It’s not just dish soap that helps support the International Bird Rescue, Dawn’s donations also help their rehabilitation and research programs, as well as its growing volunteer network and educational programs that inspire the next generation of wildlife champions.
Learn more about the amazing difference the International Bird Rescue is making at bird-rescue.org and check out the Live Cams of the birds current at the centers!