Oiled Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
To report an oiled bird:
Call the Washington Emergency Management Division at
Oiled birds are often the
most obvious sign that an oil spill has affected wildlife.
Lots of seabirds spend the majority of their waking (and
sleeping) hours on the waters of Puget Sound or the outer
coast every day. Unfortunately, after a spill, many birds
become exposed to oil as they sit on the water's surface.
Because oil is less dense than water, it floats, and this
puts birds who spend the most time on water at
Fortunately, no major oil spill has affected
substantial numbers of birds in Washington waters in nearly
twenty years (since Nestucca and
in 1988 and 1991, respectively). Despite this favorable
trend, Washington is in the process of
adopting a set of plans
(including a network of mobile rehabilitation trailers) to care for any oiled
wildlife in an effective and efficient manner.
If you would like to register to be an oiled wildlife
volunteer in the event of a major oil spill, visit
trainings occurring throughout Washington can also be found on the site.
This oiled scoter is being cleaned
Care Network, UC Davis)
New mobile wildlife equipment
On November 19, 2009, Marine Spill
Response Corp. (MSRC) and Clean Rivers Cooperative, Inc. showcased their new
mobile equipment to rescue and care for oiled wildlife.
At right, Spills
Program Manager, Dale Jensen stands in front of one of the mobile units and
speaks to the audience.
News Release - Oiled Wildlife Rescue and Response Goes Mobile
Below, a view of a sink, washing station (and bird
decoy) and overhead air vent inside one of the mobile units.
A Number of Oiled Wildlife Care Organizations Possess
Washington and Federal Rescue and Rehabilitation Permits:
of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Oil Spill Team
US Fish and
Washington Oiled Bird Recovery and
Oil Spill Damage
Northwest Area Contingency Plan -
Wildlife Plan (9970)