Member Engagement at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito

Last Thursday, Kyra, Scott and I traveled to The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. It was great to see familiar faces and watch Scott feel right at home returning to his old stompin’ grounds. It was also exciting to meet dozens of volunteers and staff that weren’t acquainted with OWCN. In fact it was just these folks that we wanted to get to know better.

Scott Buhl approving of the new loading dock. No more sore backs!

Scott Buhl approving of the new loading dock. No more sore backs!

After the Refugio Spill and with ongoing changes in ocean temperatures causing unusually high numbers of California sea lions to strand, it is apparent to OWCN that if there is another large oil spill, it is likely that significant numbers of sea lions will be at risk of oiling.

So the purpose of our travels was to invite additional staff and volunteers from The Marine Mammal Center to learn more about OWCN and encourage them to sign up in the Responder Database so they can have access to OWCN training opportunities such as webinars, HAZWOPER training, OIlapalooza, etc.

Kyra talks to staff and volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center about Activation during an oil spill

Kyra talks to staff and volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center about Activation during an oil spill

If you belong to an OWCN Member Organization or Affiliated Agency and have not yet signed up in the Responder Database, I encourage you to contact your Volunteer Coordinator or Agency Primary Contact to learn about how you can sign up in the database.

Another good reason to travel to Sausalito was to have a chance to check out the ongoing construction at The Marine Mammal Center which includes a large paved pad that can be used to set up Field Stabilization and Wildlife Recovery trailers or tents in the event of an oil spill.

Checking out the paved area at The Marine Mammal Center for staging Wildlife Recovery or Field Stabilization vehicles and tents in the event of an oil spill response

Checking out the paved area at The Marine Mammal Center for staging Wildlife Recovery or Field Stabilization vehicles and tents in the event of an oil spill response.

Barbie Halaska inspecting the new construction

Barbie Halaska inspecting the new construction

Its always such a good feeling when we can see the results of all the work OWCN and our Member Organizations put into the four “R’s”: Readiness, Research, Reaching Out and Response. Last week we had the opportunity to celebrate two of the pillars of Readiness: our amazing people and our facilities.

Our most valuable asset. You!

Our most valuable asset. You!

–Nancy

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