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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: The International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) is dedicated to mitigating the human impact on aquatic birds and other wildlife, worldwide. This is achieved through emergency response, education, research and planning.

Target demographics: save seabirds from human-caused problems, from oil spills to marine debris and animal cruelty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5,000 birds at our wildlife centers and many more through spill response and disaster prevention throughout the world.

Geographic areas served: California and throughout the world

Programs: Our mission encompasses expert wildlife rehabilitation, highly experienced oil spill emergency management, cutting-edge research and innovative outreach to the public.

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Rating: 5

International Bird Rescue (IBR) has a deeply dedicated team of skilled wildlife professionals that deliver life-saving treatments to seabirds and shorebirds that inhabit our oceans and bays. Some of the 5,000 birds treated at our two California centers each year include pelicans, surf scoters, owls, loons, seagulls, albatrosses, egrets, ducklings, even tiny hummingbirds. Both adults and orphaned baby birds receive care. I'm proud to have volunteered for this organization since 2009.

IBR's experts help train wildlife responders in the latest seabird rescue and rehabilitation techniques, and are called in as first responders during oil spills and other wildlife emergencies around the globe. During the 2000 Treasure oil spill, IBR's innovative rehabilitation methods saved nearly 15,000 African penguins from almost certain death.

More and more, they're responding to non-oil related emergencies at home, as seabirds, particularly pelicans, find themselves caught in and injured by fishing hooks and lines, or are left cold and weak by harmful blooms of ocean algae, which strip the natural weatherproofing from their feathers. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, IBR now has an upgraded pelican aviary to house seasonal influxes of victims. IBR's "Blue-Banded Pelican Project" helps track the success of released pelicans while engaging the public in citizen science by inviting them to spot and report birds tagged with IBR's trademark blue bands.

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