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    Why Did Hundreds Of Dead Baby Terns Wash Ashore in LB? $10,000 Reward Now Offered

    (July 1, 2006) -- A $10,000 reward is now being offered by the International Fund for Animal Welfare for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved the deaths of hundreds (estimated 300+) of baby Terns (like the one in the photo, right) whose bodies washed up on LB beaches on June 28...and a second group (about 100 more) on June 30.

    Photo source: Int'l Bird Rescue & Research Center

    IFAW says on its website ( that the birds are "protected by Federal Migratory bird laws, animal cruelty is a felony in California, and if this act was intentionally human caused, it is a serious crime."

    As reported in a June 29 posting on our front page (, reports of the dead baby Terns triggered a response from San Pedro's International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC). IBRRC says on its website ( that its rescuers "picked up the bodies of about 300-400 Caspian and Elegant Terns -- all of them babies -- after getting calls from Long Beach, CA area lifeguards. At least ten Terns managed to survive and are being treated by IBRRC.

    IBRRC urges anyone with information to call CA's Dept. of Fish & Game hotline at 888-DFG-CALTIP (888-334-2258).

    As previously reported on's front page (, the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife has a game warden on scene and is investigating. The U.S. Coast Guard is looking into the matter.

    IFAW's website says:

    Approximately 2,000 Elegant and Caspian terns nest in a breeding colony near Long Beach. The colony is a tourist attraction in the area and known for its status as the northern-most colony of terns. Terns are migratory birds that winter in Central and South America and breed mostly on small islands off the coast of Baja California.

    The dead birds were all less than a month old and appeared free of disease. IFAW has also offered $5,000 for the care and rehabilitation of rescued terns. IFAW and IBRRC work closely in partnership responding to oil spills and other disasters that affect animals around the world.

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