Oiled Wildlife Care Network

Photo: SF Bay Oiled Bird Care and Education Center (Cordelia)

San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center (SFBOWCEC)


This 12,000 square-foot facility, completed in February 2001, is one of the two primary oiled bird facilities built by the OWCN in California. The facility is designed to accommodate up to 1,000 birds indoors during a large oil spill in the Bay area, and includes specialized areas for bird intake, holding, washing, drying, isolation and recovery, as well as for food preparation, radiography/surgery and necropsy.  Birds recover in one of three large aviaries or one of 15 pools. During non-spill times, the facility is used by International Bird Rescue for marine bird rehabilitation.