Local Government Grants Coordinator Cindy Murphy played a key role in helping The Cocopah Indian Tribe get their new oil spill equipment trailer. @cocopahtribe
OSPR’s Environmental Enhancement Fund is taking grant applications until Nov. 16. The fund provides more than $735,000 for habitat restoration and enhancement. A past awarded project restored dune habitat at Point Reyes National Seashore, which led to a comeback of federally-endangered plants and wildlife. For more information on how to apply for the fund and to check out past projects, go to the @Calspillwatch homepage located on the profile page. @pointreyesnps
Scientists from federal, state and non-governmental agencies along the West Coast worked to capture southern sea otters today to enable tracking to better understand them. Sea otters are a keystone species, defined as one that other species depend upon in an ecosystem. The absence of a keystone species drastically changes an ecosystem. The skilled scientists involved in today’s effort make up a group known as the Sea Otter Alliance. The team works to carefully capture the otters, then provide them with medical care and input tracking devices so their daily health and habits can be observed. @usgs @usfws @themarinemammalcenter @exploreorg @montereybayaquarium @ucdavis
Staff from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network and the International Bird Rescue hosted a tour of the Wildlife Care Center in San Pedro for the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach Area Contingency Plan committee members. The tour took the committee members through the facility where wildlife rehabilitators care for oiled birds during an oil spill. The Area Contingency Plan or ACP document is continually updated and provides guidance for responders for the first 24 hours of an oil spill response. @portofla @portoflongbeach @oiledwildlife @intbirdrescue @uscg
OSPR is now seeking grant applications to help fund projects that enhance or restore habitat for wildlife, with available funding totaling more than $735,000 over the next three years. The images in this post are from a previously awarded project at the Point Reyes National Seashore to restore sand dunes near Abbotts Lagoon. For more information on the application process and deadlines, go to the link on the Calspillwatch profile page, then go to the “Science and Wildlife” link along the right hand navigation, then click on the “About Environmental Enhancement Fund Grant” link. @pointreyesnps @CSAC_Counties
THANK YOU to California State Parks & OSPR staff for rescuing & successfully releasing a grounded, fledging marbled murrelet on Aug. 5 at Bean Hollow State Beach! To learn more about this rescue, go to the Calspillwatch Facebook page @Castateparks Photo credit to California State Parks & OSPR staff
OSPR wildlife officers have been monitoring Whiskeytown Lake in Shasta County, where the Carr Fire destroyed dozens of boats at Oak Bottom Marina. Some sheen from the burned boats was detected but unrecoverable; active firefighting efforts in the immediate area continue.
A refrigerated railcar that sustained damage from a rockslide in the Feather River Canyon yesterday has been secured and removed; the falling rocks punctured a fuel tank onboard and diesel seeped into the steep, rocky terrain, eventually making its way to the river. Spill responders deployed boom and were able to contain the spill. OSPR crews remain on-scene monitoring the cleanup and watching for additional environmental impacts.
Don’t miss out on the 3rd Annual Grebe Festival on August 24-26 at Lake Almanor Recreation Area, during the Year of the Bird, marking the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty. This event strives to educate the importance of this bird species affected by the Lukenback Oil Spill. Northern California is home to the largest worldwide habitat and breeding ground of Western and Clark’s grebes. @audubonsociety