OSPR @CalSpillWatch oversaw the cleanup of a tanker truck that ran off the road into Little #Chico Creek in Butte County early Thursday morning. Fortunately, diesel from the truck did not enter the creek. The driver is recovering from the accident and cleanup is almost complete.
You have until tomorrow night at midnight to file your taxes. You still have time to help restore California’s sea otter population! It’s easy, simply complete line 410 on your California tax return. A special thanks to the 4,333 people who already contributed more than $60,000 to the Sea Otter Fund on their California income tax returns in March. That brings the total to $117,909 — nearly 40 percent of the $293,501 we must raise in 2018. Remember… tell a friend. @ucmc @UCDAVIS @montereybayaquarium @USGS @USFWS #OILEDWILDLIFE #WILDLIFE #SEAOTTER #ENDANGEREDSPECIES #INCOMETAXSEASON #MARINEMAMMAL #SEAOTTERALLIANCE #INCOMETAXDEADLINE #LINE410
You have the power to make a difference, by helping to fund research and outreach. Just make a donation on line 410 of your CA tax return. CDFW-OSPR benefits from the tax contributions, a portion of the Sea Otter Fund is used to investigate sea otter health and pathology at the Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center. The center was built in 1997 as the primary care facility for otters affected by oil spills or other marine pollution events. @ucmc @UCDAVIS @montereybayaquarium @USGS @USFWS #OILEDWILDLIFE #WILDLIFE #SEAOTTER #ENDANGEREDSPECIES #INCOMETAXSEASON #MARINEMAMMAL #SEAOTTERALLIANCE
Have a great weekend! April 16, is the deadline for filing, please remember to check line 410 on your California tax return, where you can help our sea otter population continue to grow. This video taken in June 2016 shows CDFW scientists capture 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. @ucmc @UCDAVIS @MONTEREYBAYAQUAIUM @USGS @USFWS
It is not too late to support sea otters by checking line 410 on your California state income taxes. Your financial support helps fund scientific research on this endangered species. Enjoy this classic video clip of “Olive the Oiled Otter” who survived an oil spill with the help of OSPR environmental scientists and veterinarians. @UCSC @UCDAVIS @ucdavisvetmed @montereybayaquarium @usgs @usfws #oiledwildlife #wildlife #seaotter #endangeredspecies #incometax #incometaxseason #endangeredspecies #marinemammal #Enhydralutris #seaotteralliance
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.