Julie Skoglund, Program Operations Manager of International Bird Rescue (IBR) will be presenting “The Plight of the Pelican” at the Whittier Area Audubon general meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Whittier Community Center. The program is free and light refreshments will be served.
IBR receives hundreds of Brown Pelicans for rehabilitation at their two centers in California in San Pedro and San Francisco. The majority of these birds are young, having just fledged in late spring on the Channel Islands. From there, they move along the coast with the adult pelicans to search for food. They encounter natural obstacles and man-made ones, such as fish oiling from fish cleaning stations, fishing tackle and hook entanglements and a myriad of other human-generated challenges. IBR is not content to simply release these birds after being rehabbed. They want to know what happens to them. That is why they started the Blue Banded Pelican project, putting larger, blue plastic bands on the Brown Pelican’s legs for easy identification. This project is designed to help IBR increase the number of sightings of the Brown Pelicans that have been rehabbed and released in order to expand knowledge of the active life of their former patients. Local birders who observe one of the blue banded pelicans are encouraged to report the sighting on IBR’s website. In return, the birder will receive a history of the pelican’s care and activity post-release.
Program Operations Manager, Julie Skoglund, came to IBR in 2003 as a volunteer to gain experience handling and working with birds while finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She began working for IBR in 2004 as a rehab tech and worked her way up to being Operations manager in 2013. She has worked on multiple spills including the Ventura Oiled Bird Incidents, Point Mugu Oiled Bird Incident, Santa Cruz Mystery Spill, Cosco Busan and the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf in 2010.
The Whittier Area Audubon Society meets at 7:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month from September through June at the Whittier Community Center. Location: 7630 Washington Avenue, Whittier, California. The Community Center is located at 7630 Washington Ave. (not be confused with Washington Blvd.), on the corner of Mar Vista St. and Washington Ave., in the City of Whittier, adjacent to the Whittier Public Library. Meetings start at 7:30 pm.