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Reprise 12: Bird & Marine Mammal Rescue

May 4, 2020

Editor’s Note: Entry number twelve in our tenth anniversary tour, unlike the prior reprise postings, was never a blog (i.e. emailed to readers). It is a public service information page created in 2010, accessible only by visiting the blog, yet is our third most popular page or blog. A permanent page on our website has the advantage of longevity, but lacking a blog posting, it has a disadvantage in that only blogsite visitors will know it exists. Now, with this posting, it has the best of both worlds.  [Chuck Almdale]



People frequently contact us concerning oiled, wounded and sick birds. These are the bird rescue operations in our area of which we are aware.  If you know of others, please let us know and we will add them to this list.   All of these organizations are non-profit, need donations and frequently solicit volunteers.

California Wildlife Center
In the Malibu area, CWC is the closest place to call.
Emergency Hotline Number:  (310) 458-WILD [9453]

Same phone number for all wildlife emergencies
An interactive recording will get you to the correct department.
If no one answers, it is because all CWC personnel are currently busy with feeding or emergency procedures. Please leave a message.  They will return your call as soon as possible.
PO Box 2022
Malibu, CA 90265
Fax:  (818) 222-2685
Email Contacts:
Administration, donation & media:
Volunteer Inquiries:

International Bird Rescue:
San Pedro Office: 
Phone:   310-514-2573
Fax:   310-514-8219
3601 South Gaffey Street
San Pedro, Ca. 90731

South Bay Wildlife Rehab
26363 Silver Spur Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275
Phone:   310-378-9921      Fax:   310-378-0969

Huntington Beach Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center
21900 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Phone:   714-374-5587

Project Wildlife
San Diego Humane Society Project Wildlife
Pilar & Chuck Bahde Wildlife Center
5433 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone:  619-225-9453
Hours:  9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Open: 7 days a week   (except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day)
Drop-off area: Open 24/7 and there is dedicated parking in front of the building.


Don’t touch!   Do no pick up, pour water on or feed the animal.   They are wild animals and can bite.  They are also easily stressed by humans.
Do not return the animal to the water.   Seals and sea lions temporarily “haul-out” on land to rest.  Harbor seal mothers often leave their pups ashore while they’re feeding at sea.  A beached whale, dolphin, or porpoise should be reported immediately.
Give the animal its space.   Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet.  Keep people and dogs away.
Call WildRescue’s California 24-hour hotline:   866.WILD.911
or consult this list. When calling, it’s important that you be able to identify your location and provide details of the animal and its condition.

California Wildlife Center
Same organization as listed above
Marine mammal rescue from Santa Monica to Ventura; native wildlife rehabilitation.
Phone:   310-458-WILD (9453)

Marine Mammal Care
Pinniped (fin-footed mammals) rehab in L.A.
Serves all Los Angeles County Beaches
3601 South Gaffey Street #8
San Pedro, CA. 90731
Phone:   310-548-5677

Marine Animal Rescue Specialists
Response Area: Pacific Palisades to Long Beach & Catalina Island
Phone:   800- 39-WHALE (9-4253)

Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Pinniped rescue and rehab in Orange County
20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
Phone:   949-494-3050
[Chuck Almdale]

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