The 10th International Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference (EOW) is rapidly approaching, and the OWCN is getting ready for it!
The conference is held every 2 to 3 years – often in an area with recent interest or attention to how oil can affect wildlife. The first EOW was hosted by Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in 1982, then alternated its hosting with International Bird Rescue Research Center after that. The OWCN hosted two very popular and informative conferences in 1997 and 2007 in Monterey, CA – the first at the same time as a 700 bird spill! Since its inception,the conference has gained international recognition as the premier oiled wildlife response conference focused on the care and conservation of oiled wildlife and their habitats.
This year’s event will be held in Tallinn, Estonia from October 5 – 9, and is being hosted by the Sea Alarm Foundation, Oil Spill Response, and the Estonian Fund for Nature. I am co-chairing the Program Committee with Curt Clumpner of IBRRC, and we are very excited with the depth and quality of the more than 60 abstracts submitted to present at the conference. Currently, we are reviewing all of these with our Committee, then will be working with the authors to develop final abstracts and papers that can presented in October.
The OWCN staff has worked hard this year putting our most recent and innovative information together, and will be presenting more than 8 oral presentations or posters at this venue. As an organization, we have also offered some of our funds that we have received as donations to support a conference scholarship fund. These funds will be used to assist people in need to attend, share information and present research. In trying financial times, it is more critical than ever that we as a community do what we can to share resources and communicate more freely to assist wildlife (and people) in need.
More information on the Conference, as well as registration, can be found at the EOW 09 website. We look forward to updating everyone on the meeting, as well as how our presentations went, in October!