Help track blue-banded California brown pelicans!

California brown pelican

International Bird Rescue is hosting a contest to encourage people to help identify and report blue-band California brown pelicans. Why should you participate? Because you’ll be helping International Bird Rescue (IBR) and California brown pelicans all in the name of science. It’s a triple win! “Since 2009, we’ve been banding brown pelicans that we’ve rehabilitated… [read more]

Brave birds

Bird nest on parking sign

As I was walking through my neighborhood, I happened upon this fabulous sight…a bird’s nest on top of a parking sign! It appears that there aren’t any birds living in the nest at this time, but a pretty bold move don’t you think? As you can see in the background, there are several tree options… [read more]

Sequoia the bald eagle and animal ambassador

Sequoia the bald eagle

This weekend I had the honor of seeing Sequoia the bald eagle again at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium‘s Autumn Sea Fair. Sequoia is an an “animal ambassador” for the San Francisco Zoo and I wrote about her tragic story in a post last year. She was rescued as an eaglet, then released into the wild with… [read more]

5 cool cormorant facts

Brandt's cormorants and brown pelicans

During a visit to a Southern California beach, there’s a very good chance you’ll see a mostly black bird. This bird is most likely a cormorant and it’s often spotted sitting with California brown pelicans and various gulls hanging out on rocks. From a boat, they are frequently seen flying just above the surface of… [read more]

Rescuing a hummingbird

Photo credit: Dick Daniels

During an August summer trip to visit my husband’s family in Michigan, I rescued a hummingbird! Here’s what happened: I was standing near the garage debating whether I should join the baseball game in the front yard or pull out a different distraction to engage my nephew and niece. As I was mulling over the… [read more]

Track and field pigeon

Pigeon on the run

Recently, I saw another odd looking pigeon at the Ahmanson Theater in downtown Los Angeles. As you can tell in the photo above, the pigeon is a pretty amber brown color with white tail feathers. What you can’t tell from the photo is that this pigeon was running all over the place and let me… [read more]