The wayward Magnificent Frigatebird that was found in a tree in
Healdsburg, CA after being blown off course by relentless storms in
January, will be released back into the wild in Southern California
early this week. The male juvenile Frigatebird is in route this
weekend to be set free Monday or Tuesday on the Channel Islands off
the Southern California coast. This large tropical bird which is
rarely seen in Northern California has spent nearly a month at IBRRC's
Cordelia bird center gaining weight and getting some much needed R &
R. It arrived at the center 400 grams underweight and below its core
temperature, in critical condition. Today it is 1150 grams, strong and
in good health.
This was only the second Frigatebird treated by IBRRC in it's 37 year
history. Several organizations and individuals participated in
different phases including ID, rescue and a month long significant
rehabilitation effort. Many thanks to all of you.
Separately, since November 2007, IBRRC teams have been releasing the
30 American Bald Eagles in Anchorage, 600 birds including Magellanic
Penguins in Patagonia and over 450 Cosco Busan birds. The centers are
currently rehabbing hundreds of storm birds in both California
centers. IBRRC has rehabbed and released over 22000 birds from 37
spills since 2000. People interested in volunteering may contact
707-207-0380 ext. 10.
Outreach and Release Team
Coordinator - IBRRC