October 4 is World Animal Day, a day I like
to think we, the bird lovers of the world, should all celebrate.
the World Animal Day website, "World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a
convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of
endangered species. October 4 was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast
Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
Since then, World Animal Day has become a day
for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and
respect them. It's celebrated in different ways in every country, with no
regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.”
To celebrate World Animal Day, I was invited
to the "Dawn Day In The Wildlife” event on October 2, 2014, at the
International Bird Rescue center in San Pedro, Calif.
Outside the "Dawn Day in the Wildlife" event in San Pedro, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
As you might know, Dawn
dish soap is often used to clean up birds that have been in oil spills. According to their website, they’ve helped thousands of birds by supporting
organizations such as International Bird Rescue. As part of their "Bigger
Picture” campaign, Dawn is encouraging people to volunteer with organizations
such as the bird rescue.
And what an organization International Bird
Rescue is. According to their website, "International Bird Rescue (Bird Rescue) 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
wildlife rescue efforts in over 200 oil spills in more than a dozen countries.”
Courtesy Dawn, Susan Goldman
Volunteers pose for a photo with actors Adrian Grenier and Keegan Allen during Dawn's celebration of World Animal Day at International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
When they’re doing
such great work, it was no wonder the organization attracted the attention of
two celebrities, Adrian Grenier ("Entourage”) and Keegan Allen ("Pretty Little
Liars”). The two stars came to our event as well, and chatted with us press
about how their views on bird conservation and humanity’s impact on the world.
"I care very deeply
about the well-being of our planet’s wildlife and strive to educate and
encourage others to do their part as well,” Allen told the press. "When Dawn
invited me to join them in shining a light on the great work done by
International Bird Rescue and The Marine Mammal Center volunteers in
recognition of World Animal Day, it was my absolute pleasure to participate.”
Adrian Grenier working with a grebe at the Dawn Day in the Wildlife event at the International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
Grenier felt much
the same way. "The well-being of animals and wildlife is a deep passion of mine
and I spend a lot of time advocating their health and safety through various
projects,” Grenier said. "World Animal Day is the ideal time to honor the
volunteers at International Bird Rescue and The Marine Mammal Center who
selflessly help rescue and rehabilitate marine birds and mammals from around
They also had a
chance to work with birds, starting with a giant pelican and going down to a
tiny little grebe. Both stars lit up when working the animals, especially
Allen. I had a chance to ask Allen what his favorite bird was, and while he
said he loved all wildlife, "pelicans are cool,” too.
Keegan Allen and an International Bird Rescue volunteer working with a pelican in San Pedro, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
I think what really made this event so special
for everyone in attendance was watching the rehabilitated birds get released. Us
humans so often are the cause of wildlife’s problems … So it’s nice to see we
can be part of the solution as well. There were big cheers all around as we
watched the birds fly free.
Video courtesy Bill Steinkamp
Actors Adrian Grenier (left) and Keegan Allen release rehabilitated birds that the International Bird Rescue had helped at the Dawn Day in the Wildlife event in San Pedro, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
Left to right: Actors Adrian Grenier and Keegan Allen with Public Relations Direction of International Bird Rescue at the Dawn Day in the Wildlife event in San Pedro, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.
What are you doing for World Animal Day? Give
your bird a skritch, thank your local wildlife and animal volunteers, and
think about volunteering at your local rescue too. We can all celebrate and
help animals together.
Previous: Scientists Unlock Mystery Identity Of Island Parrot
All Bird News