OWCN Road Trip

Some of the OWCN staff recently wrapped up a Member Organization outreach trip. We managed to visit with 9 of our Member Organizations in 5 days! Spending “face time” with our Network Members is a great way to see what’s going on with everyone, make connections, and to help build relationships for when there is a spill.

Wetlands & Wildlife Center interpretive center.  Photo credit: Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy

Wetlands & Wildlife Center interpretive center. Photo credit: Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy

Stephanie and I were in the Los Angeles area, so we stopped in to visit with our friends at International Bird Rescue, and were excited to see some friendly faces there. We also had a chance to visit Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center to tour their facility. I hadn’t been there since I first started back in 2010, so it was great to see their welcome center and exhibits that include information on oil spills.

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A sea turtle checking us out at SeaWorld.

We picked up Curt and Kyra in San Diego and had a chance to meet with Project Wildlife and the San Diego Humane Society folks, who recently merged. It was exciting to see their facility, which I had never been to, and meet everyone in person. We also had a chance to stop over at SeaWorld, visit with our many friends there, and get to see the remaining marine mammals from the Refugio Incident.

After San Diego, we headed up to do a presentation for the staff and volunteers of the California Wildlife Center. Another facility I hadn’t been to yet, it was a great time exploring their grounds, seeing old friends, and meeting new people. We signed up many new volunteers, and even had a chance to meet with a young man who began volunteering because of what he saw during the Refugio Incident.

The Barcara Resort for the Refugio Incident Volunteer Appreciation Event.

The Barcara Resort for the Refugio Incident Volunteer Appreciation Event.

We were then off to Santa Barbara to do a presentation for the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. This was a fun talk with lots of questions, and again, we had a chance to sign up some more folks as potential responders and visit with the group. That afternoon we joined the OSPR crew in celebrating volunteers from the Refugio Incident at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara.

The next day we did a double stop at Pacific Wildlife Care and The Marine Mammal Center’s satellite facility in Morro Bay. It was so neat to see all the work that has gone in to increasing Pacific Wildlife Care’s rehabilitation capacity, and they were definitely BUSY!

An exhausting trip, but well worth it to spend time with the folks from our Network. Looking forward to the next one!

-Becky

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