Birds

Malnourished murres at International Bird Rescue in Fairfield. (CBS)

Fairfield Bird Rescue Treats Growing Number Of Sick Seabirds, Warmer Oceans May Be To Blame

It’s dinnertime at International Bird Rescue in Fairfield. The feather-friendly facility is packed with murres, birds who live their whole lives in the ocean and are rarely seen by humans.

09/02/2015

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Study: Up To 90% Of Seabirds Have Plastic In Their Guts

Nine out of 10 seabirds have plastic in their guts, a new study estimates. In 1960, the estimate was only 5% of individual seabirds. Now, researchers predict by the year 2050, the number will be 99 percent.

09/01/2015

west nile virus

Infected Crow In Novato, Marin County’s First Sign Of West Nile Virus This Year

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Friday it has discovered the first sign of West Nile Virus in Marin County this year.

06/15/2015

A Golden Eagle.  (Source: Tony Wisgett; Wikimedia Commons)

Wind Farms Spacing Out Turbines To Better Accommodate Birds; Reduce Death Rates

The wind farm on Altamont Pass is one of the deadliest locations in the Bay Area for eagles, hawks and other birds to fly, but is slowly becoming a safer place because companies are restructuring.

06/08/2015

Pigeon

California’s Native Pigeons Are Perishing; Street Pigeons Believed To Blame

When most people think of pigeons, the common city street bird comes to mind, but there’s a different kind of pigeon in California and it’s at risk according to environmental scientists.

05/04/2015

A bald eagle tends to its chick. (US EPA)

Banned Flame Retardant Still Making Bald Eagles Sick

A recent Michigan study shows bald eagles are being exposed to more toxins, including banned flame-retardant chemicals that were once commonly used in the manufacturing of furniture.

04/13/2015

A Dunlin, a very small shorebird, is washed of a mystery contaminant at the San Francisco Bay Center. (Cheryl Reynolds/International Bird Rescue)

State Of California Stiffs Bird Rescuers With Bill Over Mystery Goo

International Bird Rescue in Fairfield says the State of California will not reimburse them for the money they spent cleaning up hundreds of birds injured during the recent “mystery goo” spill in the Bay.

03/23/2015

Adult female (left) and male (right) deer ticks, which can carry Lyme Disease. (AP)

Common Birds May Be Spreading Lyme Disease In California More Than Known, Study Shows

In study released Wednesday, UC Berkeley researchers say that the role of birds in the spread of Lyme disease within California is more important than previously known.

02/26/2015

Rescuers clean a mystery substance off of birds found in the East Bay. (CBS SF)

Mystery Goo Killing Hundreds Of Bay Area Birds Identified As Non-Petroleum Oil Or Fat

A mysterious goo that killed hundreds of birds along the East Bay shoreline has been determined to be a mixture of non-petroleum-based fats or oils, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

02/12/2015

Birds that had been covered in a mysterious goo are released back to the wild in Sausalito on January 28, 2015. (Jeffrey Schaub/CBS)

86 Birds Rescued From Mysterious Goo On Bay Area Waterways Released Back Into The Wild, No Cause Found Yet

After finding nearly 500 seabirds coated in an unknown substance in January, the International Bird Rescue has released 86 cleaned and healthy birds back into the wild so far.

02/02/2015

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