University of California, Davis
November 14, 2007
WHAT: Media can see some of the 800 rescued oiled birds being washed and tube-fed, getting veterinary care and swimming in outdoor pools.
WHEN: TODAY 11 a.m. to noon. (MEDIA WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE RESCUE CENTER ONLY AT THIS TIME.)
WHERE: At the Oiled Wildlife Care Network's seabird facility, 4369 Cordelia Road, Fairfield, Calif., 94534
WHO: UC Davis wildlife veterinarians and many others involved in the veterinary care and rehabilitation of the oiled birds, including volunteers
BACKGROUND: Birds oiled in San Francisco Bay last week are being cared for at the Oiled Wildlife Care Network's facility in Fairfield, where they receive the world's most advanced veterinary care for oiled wildlife.
The oiled wildlife rescue center is a 12,000-square-foot, $2.7 million facility capable of caring for 1,000 or more sick birds.
It is operated by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which coordinates rescue facilities, staff and volunteers for spills throughout California. The OWCN is managed statewide by the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center, a program of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
The mission of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network is to ensure that wildlife exposed to petroleum products receive the best possible treatment, by ensuring a rapid response, coordinating effective emergency care in a spill crisis and administering an ongoing research program.
In addition to giving veterinary care, the network funds basic research into the effects of oil on wildlife and applied research into treatments that will improve survival.
The OWCN is funded by the Office of Spill Prevention and Response of the California Department of Fish and Game. The Fish and Game monies come from interest on the $50 million California Oil Spill Response Trust Fund, which was built from assessments on the oil industry.
PLEASE PUBLISH/BROADCAST IMPORTANT NOTE for members of the public who want to volunteer in the rescue effort: Watch for updates online at <http://www.owcn.org>.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Take I-80 to Fairfield, just before the I-680 interchange.
From the east, take the Suisun Valley Road exit, stay right and circle back over the interstate. Travel south to Cordelia Road. Turn left on Cordelia, travel 1/4 mile and see the wildlife center in a big green building on your right.
From the west, take the Green Valley Road exit, turn right onto Green Valley Road and travel south to Cordelia Road. Turn left on Cordelia, travel 0.7 miles and see the wildlife center in a big green building on your right.
Media tour begins in conference room inside the volunteers' trailer, on the east side of the facility. You may not cut through the facility to reach the conference room; walk along Cordelia Road to get there.
* Sylvia Wright, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-7704, email@example.com, cell: (530) 219-8849