Refugio Incident: The “Hotwash” Machine

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.

Curt Clumpner and Tim Williamson discuss options for temporary pools for pelagic birds at the NW Area Wildlife Equipment Exercise

Curt Clumpner and Tim Williamson discuss options for temporary pools for pelagic birds at the NW Area Wildlife Equipment Exercise

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.

Mobile avian care trailer

Mobile avian care trailer

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.

–Nancy

Curt Clumpner exploring alternative care options for oil affected seabirds at the NW Area Wildlife Equipment Exercise

Curt Clumpner exploring alternative care options for oil affected seabirds at the NW Area Wildlife Equipment Exercise

Climate control unit for mobile oiled wildlife care site

Climate control unit for mobile wildlife care site

example of use of tent as mobile oiled bird care site

Example of tent used as mobile oiled bird care site

 

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