Guess who went home today? I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t a quiet exit. That’s right, we released Grebey today! I heard him (yes, we measured his bill and discovered that despite our use of the feminine pronoun, he was a male after all) scream as he came out of the pool, and he screamed again while getting weighed, and then again going into the carrier.
Surprisingly, he was silent as Kelly took him out of carrier at the beach and placed him in the water. Perhaps he sensed the solemnity of the occasion. He looked around for a few minutes as he swam away from us, and then he started diving and looking like a proper grebe. That the was cue for his entourage of staff and volunteers to head back to the center for lunch.
Grebey, or Green 10, was the first non-pelican affected by the Refugio spill to be released. On Saturday, we’ll be releasing several more pelicans at Goleta Beach, so if you’re in the area, please join us. Thanks to everyone who participated in the OWCN response to make the release of these birds possible!