OSPR prevention specialists were in Humboldt Bay today for an unannounced oil spill drill with response organization MSRC. The exercise involved containment boom being deployed near the mouth of the Elk River and was a success.
OSPR scientists from up and down the state met yesterday for a tour of Auburn State Recreation Area that includes the American River. Supervising State Parks Ranger Scott Liske served as guide as the group discussed resources at risk in the event of a spill. In a response, OSPR environmental scientists specialize in wildlife and habitat protection, provide cleanup recommendations and damage assessment for resources affected by the spill. @castateparks @arconservancy
OSPR and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) on Monday responded to reports of oiled birds in the Ventura Harbor area. Rescuers collected 18 birds and transferred them to OWCN member organization, the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network for stabilization. They were then transferred to the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center in San Pedro, to be rehabilitated by International Bird Rescue prior to being released. On Thursday, OSPR’s lab determined samples of the oil from these birds are consistent with weathered Monterey formation crude oil, often associated with natural seepage. The responders also collected eight dead birds. @VenturaHarbor @sbwildlifecarenetwork @IntlBirdRescue
An oiled lizard was discovered recently in Kern County, during response to a small crude oil release in October. The Western side-blotched lizard was rehabilitated at California Living Museum, or CALM, in Bakersfield. This particular lizard was the first reptile successfully cleaned and rehabilitated by a member organization of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network since OSPR’s inland expansion in 2014. CALM recently joined OWCN, which is recognized as a world leader in oil spill response, rescue, rehabilitation and research for wildlife. The rehab process helps scientists better understand care for reptiles affected by spills. There are several federally-listed threatened and endangered lizards in California, which include the Blunt-nosed leopard lizard and the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard. The video shows scientists releasing the lizard where it was rescued.
.@calspillwatch OSPR #wildlife officer captured a photo of this beautiful sunrise while checking shore fishermen & vessels returning to the boat launch @DanaPointHarbor Tuesday morning. @californiadfw #thingreenline #lawenforcement #fishermen # vessels #boat
Wavy European beachgrass and freeway iceplant have covered @PointReyesNPS for decades. Read about a successful natural resource restoration project paid for with oil spill penalities to eradicate these invasive plants and restore native flora and fauna at CDFW’s Science Institute webpage @californiaDFW @marincountyparks @nationalparkservice
Cosco Busan: 10 Years After the Spill A settlement designated over $30 million to over 50 human use and habitat restoration projects lost due to the oil spill. Aramburu Island is one of over 50 natural resource restoration projects that shows a re-sculpted beach, nourished with cobble, gravel, sand and oyster hash that creates better shorebird habitat and dissipates wave energy, reducing shoreline erosion. For more information, go to www.wildlife.ca.gov/OSPR/NRDA/cosco-busan
OSPR Administrator Tom Cullen visited the Feather River Canyon with OSPR personnel recently to review geographic response plan strategies for the area. They also discussed the value of readiness with local responders, railroad companies, oil spill response organizations and other stakeholders. #FeatherRiver #FeatherRiverCanyon #oilspill #oilspillresponse #derailment #firstresponders #UPRR #BNSF #stakeholder #oilspilldrill #owcn #responsetrailer #plumascounty #buttecounty #firefighters
CDFW-OSPR oversees the cleanup of a gasoline and motor oil spill from car that ran off road due to weather. No visibly oiled wildlife have been reported/observed at this time. @placercounty #laketahoe #gasoline #motoroil #oilspill #oilspillresponders #oilspillresponse #oiledwildlife #wildlife #runofftheroad #tahoecity