Oiled birds

Search & Rescue

Wildlife Search & Rescue Training

This class covers the role of the oiled wildlife search, rescue and collection group, with sample plan for wildlife rescue & collection, assessment of the situation in the field, safety plan, safety gear, site layout, work shifts, marine and land mammals, dead birds, stalking and netting, general bird capture information, proactive capture on beaches and from boats as well as field stabilization.
Training on the beach includes wildlife search and rescue/collection simulation with:  site briefing and assignment, hazards and safety concerns, terrain assessment, capture plans, practice techniques for capture, how to fill out reports, and debriefing.

Sneaking up on an “oiled bird” (a person hiding in the logs) during a search and rescue training.


Primary Care

Basic Wildlife Care Training

Includes:  basic goals of wildlife rescue, training programs in Washington state, Hazwoper certification, use of wildlife volunteers during an oil spill, oiled bird rehabilitation, Incident Command System, government jurisdictions, marine mammal response, oil company wildlife response coordinators, local oiled wildlife response organizations, search and collection teams, primary care teams, primary care facility requirements, wildlife responders facility zones and personal protection equipment needed in each area.


The class also covers basic health & safety – general and biological hazards, zoonotic diseases, wild bird anatomy, subcutaneous fluid injection, symptoms & related treatment association with various physical conditions of wild birds, summary of water birds physical characteristics, collection, and care, effects of oil on wildlife, ways to minimize sources of stress during captivity, bird handling guidelines, search & collection set-up, safety plan and site safety briefing, search & collection planning, behavior of oiled birds that are not waterproof, method and modes of search & collection including deterrence and proactive capture, release rates by capture methods, transport of wild birds, animal care overview including processing, intake, stabilization, health requirements for washing, drying, conditioning, pools & caging, waterproofing, and release criteria, fluid therapy, flushing oil, subcutaneous fluids, and emaciation protocol.  Labs follow in identifying anatomy, practice in handling and fluid therapy on dead birds and then live, initial intake, and fluid therapy.

Advanced Treatment of Oiled Birds

Advanced Wildlife Care Training

Washing a duck.
Washing a duck.

This class includes more in-depth information on bird care, subcutaneous fluids, drawing and testing blood, and washing and rinsing protocols.  A lab follows in taking blood (practice on dead and then live birds), testing the blood with equipment, washing, rinsing, and drying (using live tame ducks).

cropped Pearl, Violet and Snowpea (2)
Pearl, Violet and Snowpea


Oil Spill Response in San Juan County, Washington

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