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Oiled Wildlife Care Network Response To Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Michael A. Mariant / AP

Crews from Patriot Environmental Services collect oil-covered seaweed and sand from the shoreline at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Michael A. Mariant / AP

The crude oil cleanup continues off the coast of Santa Barbara County as veterinarians work to save animals from the deadly spill. At least two sea lions, five pelicans and countless fish have died since the crude oil pipeline burst in the waters off Refugio State Beach last week.

Mike Ziccardi directs the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which is administered by UC Davis and includes veterinarians from around the state. He and a team of emergency responders from the OWCN are working to rescue wildlife affected by the spill in Southern California. He joins us from Refugio State Beach to talk about how the response is going. 

I think I see our two favorite HAZWOPER teachers in this picture.... A big thank you to the public for going through...

Posted by Oiled Wildlife Care Network on Tuesday, May 26, 2015


If you find oiled wildlife in your area, call 1-877-UCD-OWCN  or (877) 823-6926 to report it immediately. Do not pick up the wildlife yourself.

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