California Brown Pelicans And Recent Storms
There have been many news stories recently about how the California storms are affecting the Brown Pelicans. I thought it was important to not only briefly explain why, but to also show you what is being done to help them.
A pelican’s feathers usually provide a natural barrier to water and insulation from the cold. The massive runoff from recent storms has brought even more oil, grease and other forms of pollution into the coastal areas where the birds feed. These contaminants prevent the feathers from doing their job. Here’s Jim Holcomb, director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC), explaining the details.
This next video should give you an idea of what the IBRRC is doing to help these birds. Watch as a Brown Pelican is rescued and admitted to the IBRRC.
So far the IBRRC has rescued over 100 Brown Pelicans! Without the IBRRC, many of these birds would not have survived. It’s important that we support wonderful organizations like this. Whether it’s money or time, donate to the IBRRC or a center in your area.