Bird Rescue Non-Profit Calling For Donations Amid 'Brown Pelican Crisis'
The nonprofit International Bird Rescue is sounding the alarm about what it calls a "pelican crisis" in L.A. County.
The number of sick Brown pelicans at the group's L.A. Wildlife Center has topped 200 — the highest number in a decade.
The organization is looking for donations to help with the influx of birds in the past two weeks. The donations would help feed the starving pelicans.
Experts say warmer ocean water is pushing fish deeper, making it harder for the birds to find enough to eat.
“A lot of these birds we're finding in roadways or in parks in places away from the ocean, which is really unusual. And so that's a sign that these birds are really having a hard time."
Bird Rescue spokesperson Russ Curtis says pelicans are coming into the center "cold and emaciated," some with "wing injuries."
"We're getting more birds that are simply starving," said Rebecca Duerr, who directs the bird rescue effort.
"They're super hungry. Once we get them stabilized, their primary symptom is that they are so hungry. And we're getting a mix of ages. It's all age groups."
Hungry pelicans!— International Bird Rescue (@IntBirdRescue) May 24, 2022
Due to the influx of Brown Pelicans at our Los Angeles wildlife center, we are going through nearly a 1,000 pounds of fish per day! #PelicanCrisis <video>
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She said there haven't been so many sick or injured Brown pelicans since 2012, when the operation saved about 800 birds.
Curtis says caring for the birds is expensive and donations are needed. Bird Rescue is spending about $2,000 a day on fish alone to feed the starving pelicans.
You can find out more at birdrescue.org.
And, if you want to see the center's work in action, you can check out their live BirdCam, also on their website.