Webinar: The Great Penguin Rescue: What We Learned At Treasure Oil Spill


Photo for Webinar "Remembering the Treasure Oil Spill: The Great Penguin Rescue" by International Bird Rescue

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the extraordinary rescue and rehabilitation of 20,000 oiled penguins at the Treasure oil spill in South Africa. The response team from International Bird Rescue was one of the key organizations providing its expertise and passion to make this one of the most successful wildlife responses in the world/

Join us on July 23, 2020 at 5:30 PM (PST) for a webinar, as two of team’s top level responders, Barbara Callahan and Mark Russell, as they share their remembrances of this three month endeavor. Russ Curtis, Communications with Bird Rescue and a volunteer penguin tender at the spill, will moderate.

Register now for this Zoom webinar.


Barbara Callahan
Response Services Director @International Bird Rescue

Barbara Callahan

Barbara is an internationally-experienced and recognized emergency response and management professional who received her B. S. in Biological Science from the University of Alaska. She has worked in oiled wildlife response, response management and rehabilitation of aquatic animals over the course of 20 years and is certified in Federal Emergency Management. Barbara has been Response Services Director at Bird Rescue since 1997.

Mark Russell
Response Team Member @International Bird Rescue

Mark Russell

During the 2000 Treasure spill in South Africa, Mark Russell was on Bird Rescue’s leadership team working at the Salt River response center. He has been involved in oiled wildlife response since 1990 when he helped on the American Trader spill in Southern California. He has held a variety of roles at Bird Rescue including managing the Los Angeles Wildlife Center. He holds a B.S. Degree in Ecology from San Francisco State University and is working on a M.S. in Avian Parasitology.