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July 29, 2013

Announcing our 2nd Annual Blue Banded Pelican Contest!

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2012 Blue-Banded Pelican Photo Contest Winner by Deanna Barth
 
Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce International Bird Rescue’s Second Annual Blue Banded Pelican sighting Contest!

Our inaugural contest in 2012 yielded great results. Within two months, 119 pelican blue band numbers were reported, representing an unprecedented number of pelican band sightings. Reporting the location the bird is seen and the number from its large blue leg band helps us learn more about them, their migration and their survivability in the wild. We have released over 1,100 California Brown pelicans with blue bands from our wildlife hospitals since 2009.

This year, our friends at Eagle Optics have again made a very generous donation for the winners of our contest. A Vortex Nomad 20-60 X 60 Angled Spotting Scope will be awarded to the individual who reports the most sighted band numbers between now and October 14th. The runner up will receive a fabulous pair of 2X Eagle Optics Denali 8 X 42 binoculars. Both winners will also become honorary Pelican Partners and receive a private tour of one of our wildlife hospitals and have the exclusive opportunity to open the cage door to release a rehabilitated pelican back to the wild. We are asking everyone to keep your eyes open for pelicans with a bright blue band on their leg and let us know when you do via our online reporting system [link]. As you aid the important scientific research on the travels of the pelecanus occidentalis, you will be helping in their conservation.

Interested in photographing wildlife? Our Blue-Banded Pelican contest also includes the opportunity to submit your best Blue-Banded pelican shot with prizes awarded to the top three best photographs. Last year’s winning photo, taken by Deanna Barth, can be seen on the 2013 poster here in English and Spanish.

The first place photograph winner will receive a beautiful Alex and Ani pelican bangle, an honorary International Bird Rescue membership and an IBR t-shirt. The second and third place winners will receive honorary memberships and IBR t-shirts.

We’ll be sending and posting updates and hints on the best places to sight these birds over the coming weeks, sharing your stories and providing information on birds with repeat sightings.

Pelicans with blue bands are currently being seen from Mexico to Washington state so if you’re anywhere near the Western U.S. coastline, you could spot them. Several days ago, Pelican K15, the pelican “poster bird” for last year’s contest that was last reported at Pacifica Pier near San Francisco was spotted in Westport, Washington in Grays Harbor! If you’re spending some time enjoying the western coastline, don’t forget to keep your eyes open for blue bands!

Contest Rules:

1. Any banded pelican can be reported. Not all pelicans with a silver band will have a blue band. Some pelicans only have a metal band and they are much more difficult to read. Metal bands have a prefix and suffix, i.e. 0669-00130. For birds that have only a metal band, the entire number will need to be reported. The reporting period for the contest begins July 29, 2013 and closes on October 14, 2013.

2. Each reported band must be accurate to be considered. All blue bands begin with a letter and have 2 numbers following it. For example, A75 or M14. You do not have to report the metal band on blue-banded pelicans, only the blue band.

3. Each bird can only be counted once a day.

4. Dead birds can only be counted once.

5. The contest is open to all age groups. Employees of IBR are ineligible for prizes. Kids accompanying adults can report the same birds as their parents.

6. All banded birds need to be reported on the International Bird Rescue web site: http://bird-rescue.org/pelican-project/report-blue-banded-pelicans.aspx

Good luck!

International Bird Rescue

 
 
 
About International Bird Rescue
International Bird Rescue (IBR) has been saving seabirds and other aquatic birds around the world since 1971. Bird Rescue's team of specialists operates two year-round aquatic bird rescue centers in California, which care for over 5,000 birds every year, and has led oiled bird rescue efforts in over 200 oil spills in more than a dozen countries.

International Bird Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.


 
 
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