Oiled Wildlife Care

Brown pelican photo by Alan D. Wilson
Alan D. Wilson©2007  

The Institute for Wildlife Studies is now a member of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN), which is a statewide collective of trained wildlife care providers, regulatory agencies, academic institutions and wildlife organizations working to rescue and rehabilitate oiled wildlife in California. IWS is contracted to have a trained group of its wildlife biologists working as part of the hazing and recovery operations should an oil spill occur in California. They will work under the direction of OWCN staff to help deter wildlife from entering oil contaminated areas, and assist in recovery of oiled wildlife should that become necessary. IWS has a Memorandum of Understanding with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) to provide this professional service throughout California.

We are proud to be a member of this group of professionals and volunteers that are dedicated to assisting wildlife in the event of an oil spill.  IWS has experience working with a wide variety of wildlife, and we will bring that experience to bear in assisting the OWCN in the event of a spill. To learn more about the OWCN, visit their web page at http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/owcn/.

Background: Male sea otter grooming by Pacific Southwest Region USFWS from Sacramento, US. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons