Week 12- International Bird Rescue
During mid-May, there was a burst pipeline that released up to 105,000 gallons of crude oil to an open ocean in Santa Barbara County. The oil spill spread nearly ten miles within 24 hours and Oxnard residents say now (two weeks later) they may have found oil residue at their beaches that may be related to the spill. This spill was not as grand as the BP or Exxon spill but it still impacted local wildlife and may impact human health. This week, the International Bird Rescue in San Pedro asked people for help as they received about 20-30 birds oiled birds from the spill. I couldn’t imagine how busy the rescue center in Santa Barbara might be as these birds traveled nearly 95 miles to have the oil cleaned from their bodies. Before I helped at the center, I had to go through Safety Procedures with the staff of the rescue center. I watched a 20 minute video about crude oil, the ways it reaches human contact, and how to avoid contact. This was the second time I’ve helped at the center; therefore, I didn’t get a chance get suited up and assist staff with cleaning and washing birds. However, I performed other duties such as food preparation, feeding, and administering medications to some of the birds from the oil spill and other local patients from other causes. It feels good to provide care for birds and to know that there are people who dedicate their lives to it. There are many birds that are impacted from harm such as the oil spill and it’s rewarding to save a life because as the International Bird Rescue slogan says- Every Bird Matters.