Free Conservation Lecture on Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation
February 25, 2014 – Join us on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. to learn about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation during Sequoia Park Zoo’s conservation lecture titled “When the Fuel Hits the Feathers: Oiled Wildlife Rescue in California “.
Humboldt State University is a member of the California Oiled Wildlife Care Network, a statewide collective of trained wildlife care providers, regulatory agencies, academic institutions, and wildlife organizations working to rescue and rehabilitate oiled wildlife in California. The network is recognized as a world leader in oil spill response, rescue, rehabilitation, and research, and is an outstanding example of what is possible when diverse institutions and organizations work together toward a common goal.
In this talk at the zoo, Tamar Danufsky, Museum Curator and Marine Wildlife Care Center Coordinator in the Department of Wildlife at HSU, will present information about the network and past oil spills on the North Coast. Ms. Danufsky will discuss how the rehabilitation process works, why it is appropriate to rehabilitate oiled wildlife, and what happens to the rehabilitated wildlife once it is returned to the wild after cleanup.
“Our continuing reliance on oil for fuel means we can expect more oil spills in the future. The groundbreaking oil spill response infrastructure we have in California allows us to effectively respond,” says Danufsky. “I am looking forward to sharing the details of how we rescue oiled wildlife, and how the public can get involved.”
In addition to managing the HSU’s oiled wildlife response facility, Ms. Danufsky has curated the HSU Wildlife Department’s Museum for the past 13 years. She received her Master’s degree from HSU studying shorebirds on Humboldt Bay, and has participated in oiled wildlife response in Humboldt, Southern California, and the San Francisco Bay area. Before coming to Humboldt, Ms. Danufsky worked at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and has done field work with seabirds, raptors, blackbirds, black bears, and black beetles.
The talk will take place in the Zoo’s classroom in the Secrets of the Forest building at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, and a reception will be held half an hour beforehand. There is no charge to attend, and both Zoo members and non-members are invited. Enter through the main Zoo gates.
For more information:
Contact: Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager