The map shows bird migration around the world and the spills that helped fund restoration projects! Natural resource damage assessment restoration projects can have an impact thousands of miles away from the original location of an oil spill. Birds do not recognize geopolitical boundaries when making intercontinental voyages, so ensuring habitat is available where these species frequent is vital to their success. The Sooty Shearwater migrates between California and New Zealand, restoration for this bird’s habitat in New Zealand was funded by OSPR and federal partner’s NRDA settlements from the SS Jacob Luckenbach and T/V Command oil spills. *Send us message to receive a high resolution copy to download this poster* @USINTERIOR @usfws @nationalparkservice @NOAA @CAStateParks @mypubliclands
The Queen Mary has been moored at the Port of Long Beach since its last voyage in 1967. These days it holds no #fuel & serves as a hotel/restaurant @portoflongbeach @thequeenmary
All-terrain vehicle training for spill responders including environmental scientists may not be a skill you would think a scientist needs to do their job, but for OSPR folks it’s essential. To see the video showing our spill responders the dos and don’ts of off-roading in its entirety, go to the Calspillwatch Facebook page.
CDFW-OSPR scientists utilize a microscope to tentatively identify a nudibranch, commonly known as an Aeolis. This type of shell-less mollusk is an invasive species in California.
OSPR's own K-9, Reno, was taught how to sniff out petroleum at a recent training session in Bakersfield. Reno's handler, Lt. Dave McNair, used oil samples from a natural seep in Kern County, and Reno had no problem detecting the hidden sample on multiple attempts. @uofwa @USFWS
Watch this amazing video showing CDFW scientists capturing sea otters off the Central Coast. The scientists are specially-trained divers that use an apparatus known as the “Wilson Trap,” named after retired CDFW Scientist Ken Wilson, who invented it. Once captured, the otters are safely transported to shore where veterinarians examine them. The wellness checks help researchers understand this federally-threatened, keystone species. @ucsc @UCDavis @montereybayaquarium @USGS @USFWS @pacificmmc @seaottersdotcom
CDFW-OSPR is Kicking-off California Invasive Species Action Week! The Marine Invasive Species Program is hosting interactive displays, screening of educational videos and a chance to see live and preserved invaders from June 5-9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center. This family-friendly opportunity will have activities for all ages and picnic facilities are on site. For more information on California Invasive Species Action Week events, go to bit.ly/2rXvKw2 The barnacle in the video was collected from Sausalito Marina and is on display at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery’s Visitors Center. Lab testing still needs to be done to determine if the species is invasive.
The Grunion are running! A CDFW-OSPR wildlife officer caught this scene last week at Newport Beach. Thousands of Grunion cover parts of the California coastline this time of year. Because they use sandy beach habitat to reproduce they are a concern for wildlife officials during oil spills. During the 2015 Refugio Incident in Santa Barbara County, cleanup operations were suspended at night to minimize disturbances of the spawning fish. #gunion #wildlife #wildlifeofficer #newportbeach #CaliforniaCoast #marine #California #californiabeach #refugeooilspill #refugiobeach #oilspill #santabarbara #Leuresthes
MSRC, a spill response organization, took part in an unannounced drill this morning at Sweetwater National Wildlife Refuge in San Diego County. MSRC was successful in the deployment, which involved 2,000 feet of containment boom.