Pelican Rescue We are creating a Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center (WWCC) Pelican Safety and Rescue Team consisting of 2-3 team leader rescuers and 10 other safety volunteers. These volunteers will locate and observe/guard sick or injured Pelican(s) until a trained rescuer arrives to determine if the bird needs to be captured and taken in for rehabilitation. A WWCC trained rescuer will capture the bird if necessary and bring it to the center or Animal Control will capture it and bring it to the center. To become a volunteer for this program, please attend the next volunteer orientation for the center (see volunteer website page here).
Pelican Sponsorship Photos and information about the bird(s) will be posted and updated here on our website and social media in order to solicit a sponsor who will make a donation of $1,000 to the center to sponsor the bird. Sponsorship benefits include: being invited to the facility to help prepare fish for the sponsored animal, observing a feeding, attending the release, and possibly opening the door of the crate to free the bird at the release. Sponsors can be an individual person, family, team, classroom, boy/girl scout troop, business, etc. or it can be given as a gift. Sponsors will receive a certificate of appreciation from the center. See below for available birds needing sponsors and instructions on how to make your donation for sponsorship either online or at the center. If there are no Pelicans listed, please email us at email@example.com to get on a waiting list.
Pelican Release Once the bird has a clean bill of health and is determined ready for release back into the wild by the medical team, the sponsor and sometimes the public will be invited to attend the scheduled release of that bird. The release will be scheduled to coordinate with the sponsor's availability. Pictures and video will be taken of the release and made available to the sponsor and our social media team. Program Goals:
To educate and involve the public in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of pelicans
To help create awareness about the center and our programs
To obtain medical data for future studies regarding pelican health and behavior
To raise funds for the center to help local wildlife
Pelicans in Need of Sponsorship
R4 is the Brown Pelican pictured standing on top of the dog house. This Pelican came in with a Cormorant. They both had multiple fishhooks embedded in their skin and they were entangled in fishing line that was literally keeping them tied together. They were found struggling and stuck together near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. Both the Pelican and the Cormorant were very weak and dehydrated. R4 has recovered nicely and is ready to be released soon!
W5 is a juvenile White Pelican pictured in this photo on the ground in front of the dog house. He was brought in by Animal Control with more than 20 cactus-like thorns deeply embedded in him. He had landed in the street on a busy stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. This beautiful bird was also emaciated and dehydrated when he came in but he is feeling much better now and will be ready for release very soon.