Oiled Wildlife Care Network

Photo: LAOBCEC

Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center (LAOBCEC)

San Pedro

This facility, completed in March 2001, was designed to care for up to 1,000 birds in the first 24 hours of a spill. The 12,000-square-foot facility has specialized areas for bird intake, holding, washing, drying, isolation and recovery, as well as for food preparation, medical care and necropsy. Birds recover in two large pelican aviaries, five smaller wading bird aviaries or one of eight pools, four of which can contain warm water for quicker healing. The new facility, operated by International Bird Rescue, is used to train veterinarians, staff and volunteers for oil-spill rehabilitation. This facility was built with fully-equipped classrooms in conjunction with Los Angeles Unified School District, to educate grade-school children about wildlife health and marine conservation issues. International Bird Rescue uses the facility to care for birds with non oil-related injuries during non-spill periods.