Wildbase at 12th International Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference in Alaska

Wildbase was represented by Graeme and Serena Finlayson and Karina Gonzalez Argandona at this year’s Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference held in Anchorage, Alaska during May. Wildbase presentations included the findings from the recently conducted seawater wash research, conducted by the OWR team, a presentation about the media perceptions from the C/V Rena oil spill, Serena’s masters research on the Polycyclic Aromatase Hydrocarbons (PAH) levels in seabirds and marine mammals at the Rena, and Karina’s presentation about the forced moult of Yellow-eyed Penguins at the Wildbase Hospital. Wildlife consultant John Dowding, who coordinated the NZ Dotteral pre-emptive capture at the Rena spill, also attended the conference and presented the findings from the post-release monitoring. NOWRT member and oiled wildlife facilities guru Bill Dwyer was also present to discuss the proposed new facility at Massey University and to provide input to workshops and roundtable discussions about facility development for oiled wildlife response.

The conference was hosted by International Bird Rescue and included representatives from a wide variety of oiled wildlife response organisations, independent consultants, government agencies, non-profit groups, wildlife rehabilitators and industry representatives throughout the world.

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