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INTERNATIONAL BIRD RESCUE RESEARCH CENTER
December 7, 2010

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.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wave a magic wand and give them an endless budget.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have been a volunteer for approx 6 years now, started with an oil spill and fell in love with the org, its people, and its mission.

SOUTH BAY WILDLIFE REHAB
December 7, 2010

South Bay Wildlife Rehabilitation is a crucial ally to wildlife in Southern California. From the smallest songbirds to the biggest raptors, the crew at SBWR have seen it all, and helped them all.

These people work really hard and are totally dedicated to both the welfare of the animals, and to educating the public about them. The education birds in their program are a big hit at any outreach event, and serve as ambassadors to our wild neighbors. Children and adults alike are enchanted by the likes of Xena the hawk - not releasable into the wild, but an impressive spokesbird for wildlife - whenever she is present at an event.

The care that SBWR provides and the dedication to their patients and to their education birds is nothing short of amazing. From round-the-clock feedings to rehabilitative care, SBWR works tirelessly for the animals.

Please do anything and everything you can to help this wonderful nonprofit organization as they continue their fantastic work!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I worked at Boeing in HB and we had a young barn owl get injured flying into a plexiglass window. SBWR took the bird and treated him, and released him into the wild when he was recovered.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them an endless budget.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I occasionally provide transport and I am a big fan!.