24th Annual Fish (& Food) Drive

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Thirteen years into the Seabird Station’s existence the idea of an Annual Holiday Fish Drive was born to help stock the freezers and feed the pelicans for the entire coming year. The holidays are known for “Food Drives”, so why not a “Fish Drive” for the pelicans?

The Seabird Stations fish bill has ranged from $10,000 per year to $35,000 at the peak. In 2017, the fish and food bill for patients was $21,000. This cost covers a variety of fish types (thread herring, capelin, smelt, glass minnows and more). It’s important to feed a varied diet and supplement our long-term patients with vitamins. In recent years, we’ve also begun feeding live fish when available and each delivery is $100. This keeps the fishing instinct strong in our rehab patients and also provides enrichment for our permanent patients. The Seabird Station is busier than ever with over 100 native species each year. In addition to pelicans and seabirds, we also treat warblers, songbirds, raptors, various waterfowl, wading birds and even Sandhill cranes.

We are deeply grateful to Jon & Kate Sage for sponsoring the Fish Drive for 23 years, even from afar in California. This year, Fish Drive donations adding up to 10,500 pounds will be matched by a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Funds raised will be used to purchase fish for the pelicans/seabirds, as well as seed, crickets, mice etc. for the myriad native bird species treated at our center each year.

Happy Holidays and as they say at the closing of “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”,

“So long, and thanks for all the fish”.


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for the 2017 Fish (& Food)* Drive:
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*Funds raised from our 24th Annual Fish Drive also go to help feed our non pescatarian birds food items such as seeds, crickets, meal worms and mice.



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