Oilapalooza 2011

Last item of Mike’s long list of activities for non-spill times in his last blog post?  Planning for the OWCN’s Annual Rehabilitation Conference, Oilapalooza!

Over the past month our offices have been humming with activity as we line up speakers and instructors, conference space, hotel rooms, and many other details of this weekend extravaganza.  I think we have a few exciting things up our sleeves…

We are pleased to announce that the 2011 Oilapalooza will be held October 8 and 9 in Long Beach.

The Conference is open only to those affiliated with OWCN Member Organizations and is designed for key staff and volunteers with the goals of sharing knowledge and fostering relationships within our network.

Join us for a day of lectures on Saturday, October 8 at the historic Queen Mary Hotel followed by an evening reception at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.

Hands-on workshops on Sunday, October 9 will be held in San Pedro at the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center and at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur.

Registration will open August 1 and close September 1.  Registration is free, but is limited to 150 people affiliated with OWCN member organizations.  OWCN will reimburse each Member Organization up to $500 for lodging and travel, with the hope that at least one representative from each Member Organization can attend.  Information on hotel reservations and further registration details will be available soon through your Member Organization staff or volunteer coordinator.

Lecture Topics Include:

  • Research
    • Toxoplasmosis
    • Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Tools in Oil Spill Response
    • Dispersants
    • Hazing
  • Rehabilitation
    • Water Purification
    • Preventative Wraps for Pelagic Birds

Lab Topics Include:

  • Oiled Bird Rehabilitation
    • Processing and Intake
    • Cleaning and Drying
    • Conditioning
  • Avian and Marine Mammal Anatomy
  • Marine Mammal Rehabilitation
    • Rehabilitation Case Studies
    • Processing and Intake
  • Recovery and Transportation Level III Training
  • Tabletop Drill

Further information about the conference for affiliates of OWCN Member Organizations can be found on our website (please note that this area of our website requires a network login and password available through your organization’s staff or volunteer coordiantor).

The entire OWCN team is looking forward to seeing everyone in October!

Emily

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