Opportunities for Continuing Ed

There are several upcoming opportunities to expand your oil spill response skills –

• On Saturday, August 4th at 10 am, Chris will be presenting the third and final Special Topic titled “Clinical Avian Anatomy”. Unlike our Core Webinar Series, the Special Topic webinars only last for an hour. As usual, there will be an accompanying quiz you must complete to receive credit for viewing the webinar. If you are interested in registering and have not received the information for the link, please e-mail Becky at baelias@ucdavis.edu. PLEASE make sure you register AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (e.g., now!) so that we can send you the link for the webinar! You must belong to an OWCN Member Organization or Affiliated Agency to be eligible to take this webinar.

• From August 28-30 the OSPR/OWCN 24-hour HAZWOPER training course will take place at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA.
This course is a requirement for people that will be performing oiled wildlife recovery at oil spills, and limited to staff that are associated with an OWCN member organization or an affiliated agency. The 24-hr HAZWOPER is NOT a requirement for transport personnel or volunteers working at a care facility during oil spill events. Because of very limited space in these trainings, we prioritize staff that will be working in the field, and ONLY allow other people to take the training if there is additional space available. You must belong to an OWCN Member Organization or Affiliated Agency to be eligible to take this training.

• Anytime: All Core webinars and two special topic webinars are available in recorded format until the end of the year The Core webinars cover basic oil spill training. All responders who want to fill staff roles during an oil spill response need to complete the series for their work area (i.e. Facility, R&T, Hazing, etc.). The Special Topics are interesting presentations that present material not covered in the basic series. Current topics include “OWCN Avian Protocol Updates” and “Introduction to Hazing”. Links to register for any of these webinars can be obtained from your volunteer coordinator. You must complete the accompanying quiz to receive credit for viewing the webinar.

• For marine mammal folks: We encourage marine mammal folks to watch avian webinars to help broaden your knowledge, so you will be able to help in more areas during an oil spill response. For example, during most spills, more birds are affected than marine mammals. Volunteers with marine mammal experience could help out with bird care more easily if they have some background knowledge.

• For avian folks: We encourage avian folks to watch marine mammal webinars to help broaden your knowledge, so you will be able to help in more areas during an oil spill response. For example, if a spill affects a large number of pinnipeds, volunteers with avian experience could help out with seal or sea lion care more easily if they have some background knowledge.

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