May 21st, Sunday.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, 11:30 am to 5:10 pm.
Free Training – go to bottom of page to preregister.
This class will give you the basics in oiled seabird search and rescue (including a practice session on the beach), oiled seabird initial care (using some of the 35 domesticated ducks we have here on Lopez), safety training relating to oiled seabird rescue and care, and a basic introduction to IOSA and where we fit in the oil spill response community.
When oil spills on the water, especially a thicker oil like crude oil or bunker fuel, it can get on the feathers of seabirds (these are birds that spend most of their time on or in the water and little time on land). The oil coats the feathers, which then can’t interlock together and the birds are thus prevented from staying waterproof (sort of like a hole in a dry suit. The cold water can then get to their skin and causes them to become hypothermic and come onto land to stay warmer.
The best we can do for these birds, once they get oiled, is to rescue them and bring them in for initial care. During initial care we warm them up, flush the petroleum out of their system, give them fluids, and wipe off any oil that is blocking their nostrils or is in their mouth.
There are Wildlife Rehabilitation Mobile Response Units that are available to be set up within 24 hours in a warehouse on the mainland that has the needed electricity and water capabilities needed for longer term care. Once the Mobile Response Units are set up, oiled birds can be sent there for ongoing treatment, stabilization, and washing. When the birds are healthy again and have spent time in salt water pools, they are released into the wild. Click here for more information on these Mobile Response Units.
To be able to help oiled wildlife in an oil spill, this training is needed along with additional Hazwoper Safety Training. This training session focuses on the initial rescue and care before the birds are transported to the Mobile Response Units.
If you are interested in attending this training, please sign up below. Preregistration is required. We look forward to meeting you!