May 21st, Sunday.
The island the training is on is yet to be determined.
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!
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.
September 17th and October 1st
Wildlife Search & Rescue Training
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.
A containment drill has been scheduled for Saturday, October 10th, 2015 on Orcas Island. This is the only drill scheduled for this fall, so make sure to register soon if you wish to attend. While we would love to have everyone attend the drill who wants to, we do have to limit participants.
At this drill we will be practicing Geographic Response Plan strategies (specific goals to protect certain sensitive areas), as well as our regular work of deploying oil containment boom, setting anchors, and working closely with other teams on other boats.
If you are interested in attending this drill, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preregistration is required for all Islands Oil Spill Association trainings.
We will hold our first on the water Spill Response Drill at
Stuart Island. This drill will include deployment of oil containment boom as well as practicing various techniques needed during an oil spill response.
If you are interested in this training, please email IOSA at
email@example.com or call the office at 360-468-3441.