Oiled Wildlife Care Network

Welcome to the Oiled Wildlife Care Network

The Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) is a statewide collective of trained wildlife care providers, regulatory agencies, academic institutions and wildlife organizations working to rescue and rehabilitate oiled wildlife in California.

The OWCN is recognized as a world leader in oil spill response, rescue, rehabilitation and research, and is an outstanding example of what's possible when diverse institutions and organizations work collaboratively toward a common goal.

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The OWCN is kept in a constant state of readiness for oiled wildlife events. More...

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The OWCN annually sponsors up to $250,000 toward research on the effects of oil on wildlife. More...

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Quick, expedient and effective action is essential to saving lives during an oil spill. More...

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Reaching Out

Education and outreach to the public and scientific communities are a vital piece of the OWCN's activities. More...

Refugio Oil Spill

Recovery efforts for the Refugio Incident have ended. Our final numbers include 270 birds collected (65 live, 204 dead) and 168 marine mammals collected (62 live, 106 dead). 50 birds and 24 mammals were successfully released. More Refugio details

Twelve of the brown pelicans that were released after oiling, washing, and rehabilitation were outfitted with satellite GPS tags, and an additional 8 unoiled pelicans were captured and tagged as controls. We'll be comparing the movements, distance traveled, and presence in breeding colonies of the rehabilitated and control birds over the next years. View a live map of the tracking.

Have you seen a green-banded pelican?

If so, please report it to us on this page

Have you seen a blue-banded pelican?

If so, please report it to International Bird Rescue

To report an oiled animal, please call (877) UCD-OWCN
To report an oil spill, please call (800) OILS-911

Download the 2016-2017 OWCN Competitive Grant RFP