First round of wildlife classes trains 385

The first group of Wildlife Emergency Response classes have been a tremendous success. Thanks to the 385 committed folks who attended the trainings.

These classes grew out of an increased interest in animal capture and care by the public and public agencies following the November 2007 Cosco Busan spill. They wanted to learn more about how to help saved animals in crisis situation and IBRRC saw a new opportunity to enhance local capabilities to help wildlife in need of rescue and rehabilitation.

These all day programs were developed by WildRescue and put on by International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC), one of the world leaders in the recovery and care of oiled wildlife and aquatic birds.

The video above was from the the last training with East Bay Regional Parks workers. They were learning to catch “Robo Duck,” a seven pound, 10 inch tall, robotic duck. Robo Duck is able to reach a top speed of 35 miles an hour and simulates a wild birds reluctance to be captured. It was built by Duane Titus of WildRescue.

If you taken the class, you can apply to join IBRRC oil spill response team. Details

For those that couldn’t attend the first classes, you can submit your contact information and we’ll alert you when we can schedule new classes in your area. Sign-up for an alert on upcoming classes