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OSPR volunteers working on various tasks.
OSPR’s Spontaneous Volunteer Program developed in 1996, provides an opportunity for concerned citizens to safely and effectively participate in Unified Command approved volunteer tasks during an oil spill event.
The OWCN, coordinated through the U.C. Davis
School of Veterinary Medicine, has trained
professionals and veterinarians who will direct
oiled wildlife search, collection, transport and
During an oiled wildlife event, oiled wildlife need to
get out of the water, rest quietly on the shore and
be given a chance to warm up. As a caring person,
your first instinct might be to pick them up, but
this can do more harm than help. Animals can be
further injured (wings broken, bills dislocated, etc.)
or you can be injured yourself.
Animals do not understand good intentions; they
see you as a predator and they defend themselves
or run away. If oiled animals are scared back
into the water by pets or people, their chances of
survival decrease dramatically.
You can best assist by reporting oiled wildlife at