Although the Wildlife Recovery Operations for the Refugio Incident have wrapped up, OWCN staff remains busy. In addition to cleaning and restocking, we are already working on plans to make our next response even better.
After every response, we hold a series of meetings that we refer to as “Hotwashes”. The goal of each Hotwash is to identify “Plusses” and “Deltas”. In other words, what went well and what things we need to change for the next response. FYI: In math, the Greek symbol for Delta stands for “change” in a value.
This past Monday, we had our first “Hotwash” for the Refugio Incident. This meeting focused primarily on successes that we can celebrate and improvements that we can work on within OWCN. Next Monday and Tuesday, we are inviting ~40 key stakeholders from our Member Organizations and Affiliated Agencies to a second Hotwash. This meeting will target how OWCN can better integrate with our response partners.
In addition to planning & personnel, another essential component of providing the best care to oiled animals is to have the best equipment for the job. In order to check out some new developments, Curt, Tim and I made a quick trip to Portland, Oregon to attend the Northwest Area Wildlife Equipment Exercise. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and swap experiences with wildlife responders from Washington and Oregon. We left the exercise with many ideas about how we could adapt some of the technologies at the show into our own response efforts.
Its through working with our amazing partners and participating in these kinds of collaborative and learning experiences that we hope to continue achieve our to mission for OWCN to provide the best achievable capture and care of oil-affected wildlife.