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OR&R Lecture Series: Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Oil Programs Manager, Michelle Knapp

AUGUST 3, 2020 — One of the saddest and most rewarding jobs at a major environmental emergency response is that of wildlife rescue, recovery, and rehabilitation. Animals in dire condition are captured, evaluated, treated, rehabilitated and, with luck, released back into the wild.

People in protective gear working with wildlife.
Tri-state staff and volunteers, along with external partners, admit “patients” during an internal exercise. Image credit: Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc.

Their chances for release are greatly improved by such organizations as Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, Inc. in Newark, New Jersey. Tri-State’s Oil Programs Manager, Michelle Knapp, was a recent speaker at the OR&R lecture series, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW on Thursday and explained the threats of oil to wildlife and the remedies they attempt in order to save an animal’s life. A vigorous question and answer period followed with over 200 attendees from across the country and Canada. Oiled wildlife are one of the most visible aspects of a large oil spill; the images tug at our deepest sympathies. Organizations like Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research give us all hope. This week's program was the first where closed-captioning was offered for the hearing impaired.   

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Last updated Sunday, August 9, 2020 10:09am PDT