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Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office Hosting Seabird Assessment Course

Date Posted: April 22, 2010

Seabird Assessment for Oil Spills

Course Dates: September 20-23, 2010
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2010
Location: Carlsbad, CA

This course will prepare personnel Federal and State agencies and Tribes to collect ephemeral field data during an oil spill to allow for a damage assessment when seabirds are at risk. Attendees will be introduced to the basic decisions that must be made early in the spill response, and will be provided with guidelines for assisting with those decisions.
This course is designed for personnel whose responsibilities include assessing natural resource injuries of seabirds or collecting data for a Natural Resource and Damage Assessment (NRDA), particularly due to oil spills. Attendees should be familiar with the NRDA process.
At the completion of the course the participant should be able to:
  • Know how and where to search a beach;
  • Determine when aerial surveys are useful;
  • Conduct census techniques for shorebirds and gulls;
  • Estimate background carcass deposition and persistency;
  • Identify and store carcasses;
  • Maintain records during the chaos of an oil spill;
  • Work with an economist to conduct a Resource Equivalency Assessment (REA).


Laura Eaton-Poole or Brenda Hooper, Division of Conservation Science and Policy, at 304-876-7473 or 304-876-7449.

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