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International Bird Rescue: Our Work and Research, with Julie Skoglund – Evening Meeting Reminder: Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.

February 1, 2019

Brown Pelicans off to sea (International Bird Rescue 12-22-14)

Ever wonder who cleans all those pelicans, boobies, gulls, terns and other seabirds when they get stuck in some giant oil slick? International Bird Rescue. Ever wonder how they do it, or if there is some way you can help? This presentation by International Bird Rescue explains their work to help care for injured, orphaned and oiled aquatic birds here in California and throughout the world. They will also discuss their ongoing Blue-Banded Pelican project and how you can be a part of it!

Pelican, Cormorant, Booby (International Bird Rescue 1-10-14)

International Bird Rescue – A Brief History
In 1971 after 800,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the bay, concerned individuals led by a registered nurse named Alice Berkner jumped into action, bringing International Bird Rescue to life. We have always had to pave a road where there is none. Staff and volunteers work with tenacity alongside clients, partners, and the public to find solutions. Today, we research best practices at our crisis response hospitals in California and Alaska and share them worldwide. Our mission is to inspire people to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis. We dream of a world in which every person, every day, takes action to protect the natural home of wildlife and ourselves.

Presented by Julie Skoglund – IBR Operations Manager
Julie 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 the organization in 2004 when a rehabilitation technician position became available. Julie 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. Julie was the San Pedro Wildlife facility Clinic Manager until her promotion to Operations Manager in 2013. Two years later, she was promoted to Program Operations Manager overseeing both the Los Angeles and the San Francisco centers.

First of the 2014 season juvenile Green Heron #14-0204 (International Bird Rescue 4-24-14)

Our meetings are at Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th Street. (between 7th St. & Lincoln Blvd., California Ave. & Wilshire Blvd.), Santa Monica. Previously known as Lincoln Park. If coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn north and drive 5 blocks north to Wilshire Blvd.

Link to Google Map

Meeting Room: Mid-park in Joslyn Hall, accessible from Lincoln Blvd, California Ave. and 7th St.  Its glass wall faces north towards St. Monica Church on California St. If you’re walking from Lincoln Blvd., it’s located directly behind (west) of the large Miles Playhouse building. Not accessible directly from Wilshire Blvd.

Meetings begin at 7:30 sharp with a little business, and then our main presentation. Refreshments are served afterward. Please leave your coyote at home, however much they whine to come.

Parking: The entire block between Wilshire Blvd. and California Ave, 7th St. and Lincoln Blvd., on the sides closest to the park, is metered. $2/hour meter enforcement (except on Wilshire) ends at 6PM, so free parking for the meeting! However, the local natives are engaged in a survival-of-the-fittest scramble for free parking, so the after-6pm free parking spaces disappear quickly.  We suggest that you arrive no later than 7:15 pm.

If all those spaces are filled, we found free parking as follows:
California Ave. between 6th and 7th
9th St. north of Wilshire Blvd.
10th St. north of California Ave.
Washington Ave. (next street north of and parallel to California)

If that fails, go south of Wilshire, not north of the park, as resident-only permit parking zones abound to the north. The east side of Lincoln Blvd. across from the park is by permit parking only. Spaces are more available on 7th St. or Lincoln south of Wilshire. Some of those are “until 9PM” meters also. You may need a flashlight to read & operate the meter. Wherever you park, please read parking signs carefully and avoid a big fat $40+ parking ticket.   [Chuck Almdale]

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