Last weekend’s R&T Level 2 training in Arcata marked the end of our trainings for this year. In 2012 we offered three separate trainings in Morro Bay, Ventura, and Arcata and trained an extra 80 people for wildlife recovery. We now have a total of 262 R&T trained people across the state that are ready to recover wildlife during a spill response. People from a diversity of organizations (The Marine Mammal Center, International Bird Rescue, SeaWorld, Pacific Wildlife Care, Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, Peninsula Humane Society, Humboldt State University, Northcoast Marine Mammal Center) and agencies (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Calif. Dept. of Fish and Game, Navy, Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management, California State Parks) attended these trainings.
R&T trainings this year included a strong field component, with exercises in how to read and use a GPS (Global Positioning System), explanations and exercises on the use of dip nets in various scenarios, and how to offer initial “first aid” to birds. Our plan is to continue to offer these trainings in 2013, so if you are interested in taking this training, now is the time to get caught up on the pre-requisites, which include taking the 24-hr HAZWOPER, the ICS-100, and OWCN Webinars 1 and 2.