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August 12, 2006

Invitation to cover

Press is invited to release of rescued terns at Cabrillo Beach.

San Pedro, CA

What:  The only surviving baby elegant terns of the hundreds massacred just before the 4th of July weekend in Long Beach are going to be released!  The nine elegant terns who have spent the last six weeks at International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro, have grown to be strong and capable hunters and have been deemed ready for release by IBRRC’s wildlife experts.    The almost complete destruction of the tern colonies on two barges in Long Beach Harbor is being investigated by both Federal and State wildlife authorities.  (The Caspian terns will be released at the Salton Sea at the end of the week.)  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has posted a $10,000 reward.

Who: IBRRC’s Director, Jay Holcomb, will be present to answer questions along with the rescuers; Erin Kellogg, Heather Nevill, DVM, Rebecca Dmytryk and Cristina Verduczo.  IBRRC has been rehabilitating waterfowl and aquatic birds since 1971 and has extensive experience working with aquatic birds and waterfowl.  IBRRC is a proud member of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.  

Visuals:  Banding of Elegant terns. Caspian terns in aviaries.  Release of the terns.

When:   Monday, August 14th press should meet at our center.  From 8AM until 9AM staff will be on hand for interviews and the Caspian terns can be photographed and filmed in the aviaries.

Where:  Press should meet at the center, 3601 South Gaffey, San Pedro, located next to the Marine Mammal Center in Fort MacArthur.  Directions to the center can be found at www.ibrrc.org

Contact:  Please do not call the center staff is very busy attending to patients.  Please call Karen Benzel, Public Affairs Director, IBRRC, 831-622-7588 or 277-6966 mobile for more information or other help you may need.

IBRRC has been helping birds around the world since 1971. Its mission is to mitigate human impact on aquatic birds and other wildlife. This is achieved through rehabilitation, emergency response, education, research, planning and training.

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