San Pedro, CA
Nearly fifty dead and dying
Northern Fulmars, ocean going seabirds seldom seen from shore,
have been found along beaches from Santa Barbara to Los
Angeles this past week. A dozen
have managed to survive with intensive care at International
Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in San Pedro. Necropsies
done on five of the dead
birds revealed that they were juveniles that had starved
Lifeguards began finding the birds on the beaches October
15th. Fulmars are pelagic seabirds, similar in size to
seagulls that belong to
the order Procellariiformes, which includes albatross. They
breed in colonies, on remote islands as far north as the
Canadian Arctic and
migrate to the Pacific Ocean as far south as Baja California
to feed on fish, squid, and shrimp.
asks that anyone who finds a dying bird bring it in a
container to the local SPCA or animal rescue center. Please
call the San Pedro center at 310-514-2573 for more instructions.
IBRRC is located at the
Los Angeles Oiled
Bird Care and Education Center in Fort Mac Arthur, 3601
South Gaffey, San Pedro. Phone 310-514-2573 or 2574.
IBRRC manages two wildlife
rehabilitation centers in California as part of the Oiled Wildlife Care
Network and has specialized in the rehabilitation of waterfowl and aquatic
birds since 1971. Volunteers are always needed.
Office: (831) 622-7588
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