Refugio Oil Spill
Recovery efforts for the Refugio Incident have ended. Our final numbers include 270 birds collected (65 live, 204 dead) and 168 marine mammals collected (62 live, 106 dead). 50 birds and 24 mammals were successfully released. More Refugio details.
Twelve of the brown pelicans that were released after oiling, washing, and rehabilitation were outfitted with satellite GPS tags, and an additional 8 unoiled pelicans were captured and tagged as controls. We'll be comparing the movements, distance traveled, and presence in breeding colonies of the rehabilitated and control birds over the next years. View a live map of the tracking.
Have you seen a green-banded pelican?
If so, please report it to us on this page.
Have you seen a blue-banded pelican?
If so, please report it to International Bird Rescue.
To report an oiled animal, please call (877) UCD-OWCN
To report an oil spill, please call (800) OILS-911