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May 11, 2006

Endangered Species Day

IBRRC has a unique way to celebrate the newly designated day: May 11th

Fairfield, CA

E ndangered Species Day, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, was approved by the US Senate and is officially now celebrated as May 11th.  There are hundreds of species on the endangered species list, but one remains beloved by Californians; our own California Brown Pelican.

International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) has a unique way for pelican lovers to celebrate this special day – by adopting a pelican in their care.  Their two centers (Fairfield and San Pedro) treat thousands of birds who are victims of fishing line/hook injuries, intentional cruelty, domoic acid poisoning, botulism and starvation and other problems related to human impact.  At their center in San Pedro, almost 100 pelicans have been admitted this year.  Many of these birds are young pelicans, who might not make it without a little help, and IBRRC needs help from the public to carry on their work.  You can help by adopting a pelican in care.  Of course you don’t get to keep the bird, but you can even actually open the cage door to release your adopted bird through their Pelican Partners program.

Every bird that IBRRC releases gets a numbered federal band and when you adopt birds through their program, you receive a beautiful certificate with your bird’s band number, date and place of release, and, it is one bird per adopter.  So when you see a pelican flying overhead, it just might be your bird!

Please call IBRRC today to adopt your pelican. Quantities are limited.  Call 707-207-0380 extension 109 or log on to their website at www.ibrrc.org.  All donations to IBRRC are tax deductible.  Ducklings, heron and egret orphans are also awaiting adoption and make great Mother’s Day gifts.

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Public Affairs Director

(831) 622-7588

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