MAY 4, 2018 — The Effects of Oil on Wildlife (EOW) Conference is the only global meeting that focuses on the planning, response, rehabilitation, and research aspects of oil spills and their impacts to wildlife species.
The 2018 conference, scheduled for May 7 – 11, 2018 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore, will mark the thirteenth conference founded by Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in 1982.
Since the inaugural meeting, interest in oiled wildlife response has increased exponentially, as have the resources dedicated to preparedness, research and damage mitigation. This conference is the primary venue for experts in a variety of specialties from around the world to exchange ideas and information to increase our ability to protect and restore wildlife at risk. The EOW conference is presented by Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.
OR&R’s Ed Levine will join two panel discussions, the first at the opening workshop covering Risk Communications. The second will be as part of the closing ceremony on the future of wildlife response. OR&R’s presenters include: Chris Barker, presenting Oil Spill Modeling for Wildlife Response Planning; Gary Shigenaka, presenting The History of Oil Spills during the opening plenary session; and Laurie Sullivan presenting NOAA Guidelines for Assessing Marine Mammals Following Oil Spills. Additionally, there will be about eight other attendees from OR&R and ten from other NOAA line offices. Other sessions at the conference will cover wildlife response preparedness, international planning, modeling and monitoring, corals and cleaning, responder management, resource management, general communications, regional planning, case studies, and marine mammals.
For further information, contact Ed.Levine@noaa.gov.