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February 26, 2002

Oiled birds continue to be found

The next volunteer orientation on Saturday, March 2, 2002

T he number of oiled birds found due to the spill from the SS Luckenbach is now at 1,666 and birds continue to come in almost daily to the San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center in Cordelia.

In addition to caring for the oiled birds, the staff at International Bird Rescue Research Center is preparing for the arrival of orphaned spring babies, in need of a safe haven until they are ready for release. Last year the center took in and successfully raised and released over five hundred orphan baby ducks and numerous other water birds including herons, egrets and grebes. In order to feed, care and clean up after that many babies, the center relies on volunteers.

In addition to positions in the hospital, volunteers are also needed who can help repair and build, transport birds from other centers (Wings on Wheels), do computer input, help with communication, garden, do general office work and errands.

The next orientation is March 2, 2002 at 10AM and lasts about an hour. No experience is necessary, but you must be at least 18 years of age. Anyone interested in learning more, can sign up for the orientation by calling 707-207-0380 ext 202. The center is located at 4369 Cordelia Road, about a quarter mile east of the Cordelia Fire Station. More information about IBRRC is on their website at www.ibrrc.org.

Media contact:

Karen Benzel

Office: (831) 622-7588

E-mail: karen@ibrrc.org


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