EVENT: Training for Dealing with Oiled Birds

If you expect to be able to assist handling oiled birds in the event of a large scale oil spill, then this training is mandatory. Please work through your local organizations if you are interested, i.e. Audubon, MRCs, etc.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are providing a free training course regarding protocols for collecting bird injury data to support Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) in the event of an oil spill

Oil spills are of particular concern where there is extensive refining and transport, such as along the Washington/Oregon Coastlines. Birds can be heavily impacted by even a small spill and large spills can affect thousands of birds. One of the goals of NRDA is to identify and quantify injuries to wildlife (such as birds) and then to determine how to best restore the injured resources and compensate the public for the losses. To provide proper restoration opportunities to birds injured in an oil spill, it is essential that all bird data collected during an oil spill is collected in an organized and legally defensible manner according to NRDA regulations.

This training will provide information on how oiled bird data would be collected in the event of an oil spill in Western Washington/Oregon. There are many simultaneous components of an oil spill response; this is an abbreviated training on only a part of one of those components – assessing bird injury to support the NRDA using the beached bird model.

Training will be offered at the Everett Community College in Everett, WA on June 27 and repeated at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks, WA on June 28, 2013. The training will begin at 10:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM with a working lunch.  Another training opportunity will be scheduled at a later date in Oregon.

If you would like additional information on the NRDA process under the Oil Pollution Act and/or the Beached Bird Model, you can visit these links:




Space is limited so if you’d like to attend, please RSVP via email to Neil_Quackenbush@fws.gov <http://Neil_Quackenbush@fws.gov/>  no later than June 14, 2013 with:

•         Name:

•         Organization:

•         Email address:

•         Phone number:

Please specify which one of the locations the participant would like to attend:

•         Everett

•         Forks

•         Oregon

Additional information on the training, logistics, and lunch options will be sent to attendees as the training dates become closer.

If you have questions or would like to discuss something further, please feel free to contact me. My contact information follows this email.

Thank you,


Cindy Schexnider




Cindy M. Schexnider


Fish and Wildlife Biologist


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Suite 102


510 Desmond Drive SE


Lacey, WA 98503


Phone: 360-753-4324


Cell: 360-561-8317


email: Cindy_Schexnider@fws.gov

Neil Quackenbush

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

510 Desmond Drive SE, Suite 102

Lacey, WA  98503


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