INTERNATIONAL BIRD RESCUE RESEARCH CENTER Reviews
I began my volunteer work in February 2005, encouraged by a news article about an organization cleaning the oil off seabirds from a natural oil seep off the coast of Ventura, CA. From my first day I saw how the staff and the other volunteers were passionately dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of thousands of birds of dozens of aquatic species of each year, professionally caring for each one.
I learned, and became directly involved with Bird Rescue's oil spill response activities during various spills within California, and saw how what I had learned about bird physiology and care was so important for the care of birds involves in oil spills, and that the synergy between rehabilitation and spill response was critical to successful spill outcomes around the world.
By attending seminars and conferences, I observed how Bird Rescue staff and experienced volunteers were educating many wildlife rehabilitators around the world in the care of aquatic birds - sharing their expertise and passion.
By working with the Bird Rescue veterinarian I saw how the organization continually advances the science of bird rehabilitation, nutrition, husbandry, and physical therapy.
After almost 9 years, I continue to enjoy working with staff and other volunteers in making a difference in the lives of these amazing co-inhabitants of our natural world.
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IBRRC has two locations: Northern California and Southern California. They provide rehabilitative care to aquatic birds (and the occassional non-aquatic animal) from the smallest sanderling to the biggest pelican.
Primarily tasked with oil spill response (teams just recently got back from the Gulf!), that is not by any means all they do! The injuries and illnesses are year round and neverending: fishing line injuries, animals swallowing fish hooks, animals that have been cruelly abused (pelicans with lacerated pouches, gulls that have been shot with pellet guns, the list goes on and on), pelicans with domoic acid poisoning - they see it all, and they treat it all.
Because they are a nonprofit organization, they rely upon donations and memberships to provide the much needed funding for medical supplies and even food for the animals in care.
They have a very small staff (for the scope of what they do and the number of animals that they treat - the SoCal facility especially!) and volunteers play a big role in allowing the staff to focus on the care and treatment of the animals.
The people at IBRRC are dedicated and passionate about the care they give to the animals, and they fully deserve as many accolades - and donations - as can be heaped upon them.
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The best experience of my life was the first time I got to release a pelican that I had helped to care for. It was amazing and rewarding.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Wave a magic wand and give them an endless budget.