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Oilapalooza! An Oiled Wildlife Response Workshop

OCT. 20, 2017 — California’s Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) is world renowned for its response, rescue, rehabilitation, and research capabilities. 

Two people looking along a beach with trees in hte background.
Conducting beach surveillance activities along the shores of Monterey Bay, CA using protocols developed by the Beachcomber Shoreline Monitoring Program. Image credit: NOAA.

This week (October 18-19), OR&R’s Emergency Response Division was invited to participate in OWCN’s eighth Oilapalooza Workshop to give a talk on on-line tools for spill response for 170 attendees representing 48 different wildlife rehabilitation organizations and primary care facilities across the state. This workshop is a regular training and team-building opportunity for OWCN’s members ranging in size from a handful of staff and volunteers to long-established facilities like Sea World. All have oil spill training and are prepared to respond, but some have limited experience with actual oil spills. The first day included a wide variety of talks on rehab and oil spill-related topics, such as:


  • Distribution of Guadalupe Fur Seals (Arctocephalus townsendi) off the California Coast
  • Use of Technology for Improving Wildife Recovery during Oil Spills
  • Evaluation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Detection of Oiled Wildlife
  • From Paper to Pixels: Some Online Tools for Spill Response
  • Advancing Tag Technology: A Peer-to-Peer Tracking Network for Rehabilitated and Wild Sea Otters
  • Inland Oil Spills: Species Data & Implications for Wildlife Responders
  • Regional Intravenous Antibiotic Perfusion for Digital Lesions in Seabirds
  • Predator Consumption of Forage Fish in the California Current
  • Movement Patterns of Oiled Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) Following Rehabilitation

The second day focused on hands-on laboratories, including:


  • Clinical pathology
  • Facilities management
  • Intro to beach surveillance programs
  • On-water capture
  • Pelagic bird necropsy
  • Sea otter necropsy
  • Sea otter reconnaissance
  • Herptile 101
  • Pinniped 101
  • Sea Turtle 101

For more information, contact Jordan.Stout@noaa.gov.


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