All abuzz

We OWCNers are a busy bunch these days, getting ready for Oilapalooza 2012 and preparing for numerous other conferences, events, and drills.  Our last “Special Topics” webinar this year was given last month by yours truly, and if you attended but haven’t yet taken the quiz, do so now while it’s still fresh in your mind.  Remember, you don’t get “credit” for attending the webinar until you have taken (and passed!) the quiz.  If you’re working on watching recorded webinars in our core training series, thank you for your committment!  As Becky said last week, watching the whole series puts the different aspects of wildlife response in context and helps each of us understand our part in the larger response . . . and appreciate the many other roles that our fellow responders play.

Many activities are coming up, but none so important as Oilapalooza.  As you have probably realized from the posts and registration, we’ve moved the venue from Scotts Valley to the Hotel Paradox.  It’s a brand-new hotel and we are very excited about it!  Although the setting won’t be unique like the Queen Mary, we’ve got a great program lined up, as well as a few surprises up our sleeves (no, I’m not telling you what they are, because then it wouldn’t be a surprise, would it?).

Before Oilapalooza, the OWCN Scientific Advisory Committee and our Advisory Board will meet.  The SAC is a group of scientists that selects the research proposals that will be funded through our Competitive Grants program.  Our AB is the group of experts that approves our activities and budget.  I’d like to shout out a big THANK YOU to all the members of these groups for their volunteer efforts to keep making the OWCN better and better!

Have a great weekend, and as Mike would say, “Don’t spill anything!”

Christine

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