As we reported earlier, Nils, Greg, January and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend and present at the 10th International Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference held in Tallinn, Estonia from 5 – 9 October. This venue continues to be a great opportunity to share the knowledge and experience that oiled wildlife responders have gained from research, spills, and trainings held throughout the world in a single event.
The OWCN played a key role during this event. I acted as co-chair of the Program Committee (with Curt Clumpner of IBRRC) to organize the more than 60 poster and platform presentations given at the conference. Additionally, between the four of us (and Yvonne Addassi and Dave Jessup of DFG-OSPR), we gave 10 oral and 2 poster presentations at this venue (for copies of the abstracts of these talks, please go to the EOW Website) – all of which were very well received! Also, January did an excellent job helping to lead the wash lab on Friday (see previous post), Greg helped the crowd stay on target to explore research needs for oiled wildlife issues, and Nils did an outstanding job as moderator in the field session. Lastly, as an organization, we helped to support the conference scholarship fund to assist people in attending to share their information.
Kudos to the Sea Alarm Foundation, Estonia Fund for Nature (ELF) and Oil Spill Response for hosting the event, and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. and International Bird Rescue Research Center for beginning and maintaining such a worthwhile and well-received event! The abstracts, extended abstract and full papers are available now on the EOW site, with select PowerPoint presentations (in PDF form) to be posted in the very near future.
Should anyone have questions regarding the conference or on any specific presentation we gave, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing many of you when the next EOW heads back to North America in 2011 (location yet to be announced)!