It’s incredible how quickly months can fly. I have a hard time believing that it’s the end of August and we are just 8 weeks away from Oilapalooza. Please excuse me for a moment while I look at my to-do list and quietly hyperventilate…
More seriously, I am absolutely jazzed about this year’s event. I’m pretty sure it’s going to blow your socks right off. We’ll have to have a sock-claiming station at the back of the room. We’ve got some amazing speakers and instructors from 25 different organizations and agencies, including 11 of our very own Member Organizations. There are several never-before-seen workshops planned, including Herptile Capture, Passerine 101, and Terrestrial Mammal 101, as well as encores of the ever-popular On Water Capture and Sea Turtle 101.
Wednesday is also packed with amazing topics, including case studies, post-release study reports, multi-org panels, and exciting lectures such as:
- Use of Technology for Improving Wildlife Recovery During Spills (Dave Garcelon of Institute for Wildlife Studies)
- Inland Oil Spills: Species Data and Implications for Wildlife Responders (Jenny Schlieps of Focus Wildlife)
- Oil-induced Cardiomyopathy in Birds Affected by Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Kendal Harr of URIKA, LLC)
All of our speakers and workshop instructors work so hard and we’re grateful for their support; this event wouldn’t happen without them. If you happen to run into one in the wild, definitely offer them a hi-five or thumbs-up–they deserve it!
Back here on the logistics side, the OWCN Management Team is acquiring lab supplies, soliciting exciting prizes for the responder appreciation raffle, and generally trying to keep everything organized. You may hear from us now and again as we get closer to the event, especially if you are a Member Organization Contact.
If you are registered to attend, either as speaker or attendee, I am so looking forward to sharing these two days with you! A bit of housekeeping: you should have already signed up for the reception and labs by now, but if you haven’t, please get in touch with me ASAP so we can sort that out. Also, though we hope everyone who signed up can make it, remember to let us know if your situation changes before the cancellation deadline, September 27, so we can give your spot to someone on the waitlist.
If you are reading this, super sad because the event is full, don’t forget you can still add yourself to the waitlist until the end of August. If you’re already on the waitlist, hang tight! Otherwise, if this year didn’t work out for you, we hope to see you at the next one. It’s Oilapaloozas all the way down.
Keep being amazing,