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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
IN NEED OF SPONSORSHIP
R30 is an adult Brown Pelican found in an alley, not able to fly. She was weak and stumbling upon intake and she had a wound on her shoulder and leg. Both lacerations required staples but this big, beautiful bird is improving quickly.