The chicks, who aren’t quite ready to fly or swim, keep stumbling off into the water from two anchored 180-foot-long barges, according to officials.
A rescue effort to save some baby birds from drowning in Long Beach Harbor continued today, with around 500 chicks saved so far.
Rescuers are retrieving birds from the water—scooping them up with a net—and transporting them to a clinic in San Pedro. At the clinic, the young birds are then evaluated, dried, and warmed to stabilize their condition.
The elegant tern chicks were part of a large colony that nests on an anchored barge near Long Beach Harbor, according to International Bird Rescue.