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Animal Attraction: Want to help wildlife?

Animal Attraction:  Want to help wildlife?

Cattle egret that will have oil removed from it by a team of animal rescue specialists.

by Stacy Fox

Posted on April 1, 2010 at 5:46 AM

WR&E Wildlife Center announces its second workshop of 2010 and its 49th workshop since 1996 in the state of Texas sponsored by TGLO!  The workshop is sponsored by a grant from the Texas General Land Office, Oil Spill Prevention and Response Division

Wildlife Rehab & Education Center, sponsored by a grant from the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response Division, will be providing an oiled wildlife response-training workshop on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The workshop will be held at the Chevron Pipe Line Company, Beaumont Termainal, 2900 Highway 366, Nederland, TX 77627. Motiva will generously provide lunch.

The purpose of the workshop is to certify and train personnel that are interested in assisting the WR&E Oiled Wildlife Response Team during a spill. Certification and training are required for anyone who may participate in any role during an oiled wildlife response. The workshop will cover topics such as the effects of oil on wildlife, initial intake and exam of oiled wildlife, an introduction to OSHA training, wildlife rehabilitation's role in Incident Command System, actual hands on cleaning of oiled feathers and participants will practice by washing an unoiled white duck. 

WR&E urges all permitted wildlife rehabilitators and trainees, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state wildlife officials, industry environmental personnel, as well as local veterinarians and veterinarian technicians to participate in this training. There is no cost for the workshop but space is limited. Please register early by contacting Sharon Schmalz by phone at 281-731-8826 or via email at

Since 1997, WR&E has presented oiled wildlife response training workshops regularly along the Texas coast and this is the first workshop for the year 2010. More hands-on training will be provided in the new restructured workshop format.

The Gulf Coast supports large concentrations of wintering waterfowl and is an area for an abundance of nesting waterfowl, shorebirds, and water birds.  An oil spill in this area could affect large numbers of protected migratory birds requiring many trained responders.

The WR&E Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to care for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife through rehabilitation and public education.  WR&E personnel have been actively involved in oiled wildlife response for over 20 years. They are HAZWOPER certified and ICS trained. Wildlife Rehab & Education is on the advisory council for the Texas State Animal Resource Team (TXSART), a program of the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation that coordinates preparedness, response and recovery efforts for animals affected by disasters in the state of Texas.  Oiled wildlife responses since 2003 by Wildlife Rehab & Education include the following:

A pipeline spill in the Natchez, Mississippi area in October 2003
A pipeline spill in Grand Isle, Louisiana in November 2003
Pipeline spills in Venice, Louisiana after Hurricane Ivan in September 2004
A spill affecting nesting brown pelicans due to a tropical storm in Louisiana in June 2005
Several spills in Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina in September 2005
Largest oil spill in Southwest Louisiana history in the Calcasieu River/Ship Channel in 2006
Two spills in Louisiana in 2007
A spill in the Mississippi River in New Orleans, LA after a tanker and barge collision in July 2008
A spill involving brown pelicans after Hurricane Gustav in September 2008
Fuel oil spill in Galveston, TX after Hurricane Ike in September 2008 affecting osprey and brown pelicans
A spill in Louisiana affecting brown pelicans and anhinga in January 2010
A spill in Corpus Christi, TX in January 2010
A spill in the Houston Ship Channel in February 2010

Source:  Wildlife Rehab & Education

Photo courtesy of Julie Dermansky