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...

Read the Refugio Incident Report

2017-2018 OWCN Competitive Grant RFP is now available!

Pre-Proposals Due 1 September 2016. Small Grant Proposals Due 15 December 2016.

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

Updates on the ongoing Grove Incident Oil Spill - Hall Creek Channel - Ventura County can be found at Cal Spill Watch.