The OWCN management staff are busy working on many concurrent projects here in Davis, but one shared project we have all been spending time on has been increasing our inland response readiness.
We have secured additional field and care equipment for inland species, began to draft detailed protocols, added significantly to our mobile response gear, and even welcomed some fantastic new Member Organizations whose locations and expertise immediately improve our inland readiness. If you view the 2018 OWCN Member Organization map below, you will see that we have spread east from the coast, welcoming some amazing new groups over the last few years, including:
- North Valley Animal Disaster Group (Chico)
- Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (Anderson)
- Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center (Hughson)
- Colibrì Ecological Consulting (Fresno)
- California Living Museum (Bakersfield)
- The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center (Ramona)
As a reminder, the impetus for our inland expansion came from Senate Bill 861 in 2014, which expanded oiled wildlife response to cover all statewide surface waters. This legislative mandate was based on numerous factors, some of which are discussed in the video below by our illustrious Deputy Directors, as well as brief recap of our first inland Full Deployment Drill held in Quincy in 2017.
Video courtesy of our former Wildlife Health Center communication guru, Justin Cox (we miss you, buddy!)