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Oiled Wildlife Search & Rescue and Initial Care — RESCHEDULED — to May 21, 2017

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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!

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Wildlife Care Training

2016 Oil Spill Response Trainings – Updated 5/14/2016

May 21st Oil Containment Drill — All Spaces Filled Up.

On May 21st IOSA will hold the first oil containment drill of the year at False Bay, San Juan Island.

We will practice the Geographic Response Plan strategy for this location.  We have had numerous drills at False Bay and each time we refine our response strategy more.   If you would like to check out the response plan strategy for False Bay, check out this link at Washington State Department of Ecology and go to page 212 out of 247,   http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/preparedness/GRP/SJI.NPS.GRP/Chapter4a-SJI.pdf 

As of May 14th, there are no spaces left for the May 21st containment drill.  You could be put on a waiting list if you would like to come.

Other Trainings Scheduled for 2016

  • September 3rd or October 29th
    (Date will be confirmed later this summer.)
    Wildlife Search & Rescue and Primary Care Training

    This training in the rescue and basic care of oiled birds will be held in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, OR on Lopez Island.

    Wildlife Care Training
    Wildlife Care Training
  • September 17th and October 1st
    Wildlife Search & Rescue Training
    OR
    Oil Containment Drill at Buck Bay

    We are not yet sure which training will be on which day, so if you are interested in either of these trainings, put both days on your calendar and check back here in August.  Or you can fill out the contact form that is above.

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    Search & Rescue practice on the beach sneaking up on a “bird” (the person with the pink ball).
  • October 15th
    Westcott Bay Oil Containment Drill
    In this drill we will be testing out various strategies for Westcott Bay.  To check out the response plan strategies for Westcott Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Garrison Bay and Delacombe Point, check out this link at Washington State Department of Ecology and go to pages 156-157, 160-169 out of 247,  http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/preparedness/GRP/SJI.NPS.GRP/Chapter4a-SJI.pdf

    Oil containment boom deployed at Westcott Bay.
    Oil containment boom deployed at Westcott Bay.