WK1 – An Introduction to Oiled Wildlife Response Preparedness:

Duration:         4 hours, morning
Pre-requisites: None
Max No.:         20
Location:         Royal Sonesta, Rm 9 (Whitehall Ballroom N)

This course is for representatives from agencies and regulators, industry, NGOs, and anyone with a vested interest in optimizing the potential of cooperation between all stakeholders in an oiled wildlife response.  This workshop will explore and explain what an oiled wildlife response is, which options can be considered to prevent and mitigate the oiling of wildlife, which stakeholders may emerge to make a contribution and how they could be involved in a multi-stakeholder approach. The course will provide an introduction to the published international good practices on this topic, and how they can be applied, providing a myriad of examples from around the globe. Participants will have an opportunity to apply the training material via a practical and playful table top exercise at the end of the course.

WK2 – Oiled Wildlife Response (OWR) 201: FILLED

Duration:         4 hours, afternoon
Pre-requisites: None
Max No.:         20
Location:        Royal Sonesta, Rm 9 (Whitehall Ballroom N)

This workshop is focused towards those individuals who may (through their own, or their employer’s choosing) fill a leadership role within a Wildlife Branch during an oiled wildlife response. Through informational presentations, the sharing of experience from people who have “been there and done that”, and a variety of interactive scenarios, this workshop will delve into the key principals that people leading wildlife response elements, as well as those planning for possible wildlife incidents, must consider for successful results. Participants should not necessarily have experience leading or participating in wildlife responses. Having a basic understanding of an oiled wildlife response structure, the incident command system, and how wildlife may be impacted by petroleum exposure is recommended.

WK3 – Wildlife Response Planning: Standards for Industry Preparedness

Duration:                4 hours, morning
Pre-requisites:        None
Max No.:                30
Location:                 Royal Sonesta, Rm 16 (Brightons)

This workshop discusses current challenges to industry preparedness for oiled wildlife response. The workshop will take a critical look at current industry wildlife response planning efforts and review minimum requirements to measure the effectiveness of response planning. The workshop includes a discussion of current planning standards for wildlife response and the planning efforts required to support response efforts in inland and offshore areas. Using lessons learned from multiple responses, the workshop will utilize the expertise of instructors and participants to identify gaps in current industry plans and provide tools to improve the effectiveness of wildlife response planning.

WK4 – Risk Communications for Responders

Duration:         6 hours, all day, afternoon optional
Pre-requisites: None
Max No.:         60
Location:        Royal Sonesta, Rm 8 (Whitehall Ballroom S); box lunch served in Ravenhurst

This workshop is geared toward anyone who is responsible for communicating directly with the public, media, or stakeholders during a response. It includes practical application of when and how to apply risk communications tactics in the field during incidents, risk communication theories, obstacles to effective risk communications and real-world examples of successes and failures. The morning will consist of lectures and videos, and the afternoon will include a panel discussion with representatives from various agencies, where the participants will be able to ask questions.  Box lunches will be provided for those workshop attendees that stay for the entire workshop and have registered before 5/2/18 at 12PM EST. Registrations after this date may not include lunch and have a reduced fee to reflect that lunch is not included.

WK5 – Health and Safety for Oiled Wildlife Responders – Cancelled

Duration:         4 hours for H&S light; 8 hrs for HAZWOPER Refresher (includes 2 hrs of pre-workshop webinars with an additional 2 hrs of attendance at selected oral presentations during EOW Conference)
Pre-requisites: H&S Webinar if signed up for HAZWOPER Refresher (link sent after registration completed)
Max No.:         30

This workshop has two options: (1) an introduction to health and safety for oiled wildlife professionals who are seeking to gain more information on safety hazards and mitigation of those hazards during an oil spill response. (2) For those that have already taken the initial 24-hr HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) within the past 24 months, this workshop can be used as an 8-hr HAZWOPER Refresher, if taken in combination with a pre-workshop online training and attendance at several complementary talks at EOW. 

WK6 – Introduction to Spill Modeling for Wildlife Response Planning

Duration:         4 hours, afternoon
Pre-requisites: None
Max No.:         30
Location:        Royal Sonesta, Rm 16 (Brightons)

This workshop will be an introduction to oil spill modeling and its application to planning wildlife response. We will cover the basics of oil fate and transport science, and how models can help us answer questions applicable to wildlife issues. Through case studies, demonstrations, and exercises, we will illustrate how models can be used for response, planning, and injury assessment. We will also address the limitations and uncertainties associated with various modeling approaches.



WK 8 – Introduction to Oiled Pinniped and Sea Turtle Care – FILLED

Duration:         8 hours
Pre-requisites: None
Max No.:         25
Location:         TSBRR, transportation and lunch provided

This workshop will introduce participants who may respond to and triage oiled pinnipeds and sea turtles during oil spill events. The workshop will cover classroom topics such as federal permitting and guidelines, NOAA structure within ICS, the effects of oil on pinnipeds and sea turtles, evidence handling, and initial intake and exam. Hands-on learning opportunities will include restraint and handling, assembling housing, and de-oiling. This workshop will not involve live pinnipeds or sea turtles, but carcasses will be used for washing operations. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning about response to oiled pinnipeds and sea turtles.


Delaware Bayshore Birding – FILLED

Duration:         10 hours (approximate)
Max No.:          30
Includes:         Lunch, bottled water, expert guides, and comfortable motorcoach transportation.

Join us on Friday, May 11, for an exciting trip to the Delaware Bayshore to witness the spectacle of shorebird migration! Each spring, tens of thousands of shorebirds flock to Delaware Bay to feed on the eggs of the Horseshoe crabs that spawn on the sandy beaches. After resting and refueling for a week or two, the migrating birds continue their journey to their Arctic breeding grounds. Species making this stopover include Ruddy Turnstones, Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Dunlin, Semi-palmated Plovers, and, perhaps most famously, the rufa subspecies of the Red Knot.

Bill Stewart, owner and operator of Red Knot Outfitters, is a passionate and knowledgeable Delaware birder and is leading this trip.

This field trip will depart promptly at 8:00 AM from the Royal Sonesta hotel and will return around 6:00 PM that evening. Please bring binoculars if you have them. A limited number of binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided.

Price includes lunch, bottled water, expert guides, and comfortable motorcoach transportation.

In the event of light rain, the trip will proceed. Please be prepared to dress accordingly.

For more information on shorebird migration on Delaware Bay, please watch this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKGc2rhGA5o