Volunteers wash birds during the Ventura Oiled Bird Incident (2005).
Volunteers are crucial to oiled wildlife rescue efforts in California
The OWCN works with two kinds of volunteers: "Pre-trained" volunteers who have an ongoing relationship with one of our network Member Organizations, and "spontaneous" volunteers who are concerned members of the public who want to help out during a spill event.
Pre-trained volunteers: The best way to help out with the rehabilitation of oiled animals is to get involved with an OWCN Member Organization before a spill occurs. By volunteering with one of these organizations you'll gain valuable experience and be eligible for the OWCN's specialized training in rehabilitating oiled animals.
Spontaneous volunteers: If you are viewing this page during an active spill, it's probably too late for one of our Network Members to get you trained and up to speed, but we may still need your help.