Today the OWCN staff at UC Davis were visited by Mr. Hugo Niijkamp. Hugo is a marine biologist working with the Sea Alarm Foundation (www.sea-alarm.org), a group that takes part in oiled wildlife responses in Europe. Much of our meeting focused on creating a vehicle to improve oiled wildlife response internationally through planning, preparation and education – three key strengths of the OWCN.
Hugo and Mike Ziccardi also spent time planning for the upcoming 10th International Effects of Oil on Wildlife (EOW) Conference (www.eowconference09.org). This conference will take place in Tallinn, Estonia the week of October 5th. The OWCN will be well represented as staff give oral presentations, co-chair round-table discussions, assist in wet labs, and present posters. This conference takes place every two years and is the preeminent international source of information on oiled wildlife response.
Sharing information abroad not only allows us to disseminate knowledge we have learned, but also provides insight into new ideas and techniques that may improve oiled wildlife care at home. Opportunities like Hugo’s visit and the EOW conference allow us to build strong international bridges that ultimately benefit oiled wildlife everywhere.