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Providing high quality oil spill response services to government and industry

Search Selendang Ayu search photo

IBRRC's Bruce Adkins searches for oiled animals at the Selendang Ayu grounding off Unalaska Island in 2004. (Photo: Steve Ebert/USFWS)

Since 1971 IBRRC has provided oiled wildlife collection, rehabilitation and documentation services on an assured basis for companies that transport or hold petroleum products. These services are performed under overall direction of and use the criteria agreed to by appropriate state, provincial and federal resource trustees.

Why retain IBRRC?

OPA 90 mandates wildlife response in oil spills in the US. and a successful response requires professional, trained wildlife responders working within an incident management team using a contingency plan based on real world experience. IBRRC’s experience assures your plan, training and wildlife response management team will work in a real world response.

How we help

Guaranteed Response

A retainer with IBRRC provides assured wildlife response services to oil industry and government wildlife trustees on a guaranteed basis

Oiled Wildlife Response and Management

IBRRC provides a hand picked team of professional emergency managers, wildlife rehabilitators, biologists and veterinarians to manage each aspect of a wildlife response. IBRRC mixes professional responders with local resources, building pre-trained or convergent volunteers and other organizations into a wildlife team.

Contingency Planning and Consultation

IBRRC provides specialized contingency planning for oiled wildlife including personnel, facilities and equipment. IBRRC can assist in wildlife risk assessment, facility design, procurement of equipment stockpiles, and first responder training

Oiled Wildlife Training

IBRRC provides clients with hands on training in the field of oiled wildlife for all levels from professionals to volunteers, creating interactive training classes specific to the client’s needs, including geographic and cultural differences, available resources and response priorities

For more info contact:
Barbara Callahan,
Director of Response Services

IBRRC is committed to reducing the impact of oil on wildlife by releasing the highest possible number of animals back into the wild.

To do this most effectively, IBRRC needs the cooperation of the Responsible Party (RP) and the state and federal agencies. Animals being treated at the rehabilitation center must move through the system as quickly as possible. In all cases, IBRRC requests that the RP have a representative at the rehabilitation center during working hours, or at least available as needed, in order to expedite the communication process. (For more info on IBRRC services, please contact Barbara Callahan, Director of Response Services

Response Team

IBRRC maintains a 25-member oiled wildlife response team comprised of trained and experienced professional wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, biologists and other wildlife experts. All IBRRC response team members are OSHA certified and trained and experienced in crisis management. Team members are mobilized as needed to oversee different aspects of the rehabilitation effort. They coordinate and train local wildlife rehabilitators and volunteers used in the wildlife response.

Standard Operating Procedures

IBRRC's 24-hour answering service will connect callers with an IBRRC employee who will activate an initial assessment team. IBRRC regional representatives can also be contacted directly by phone or beeper. IBRRC's initial assessment personnel will be contacted immediately and dispatched within four hours of notification, or as mutually agreed by the parties involved. The team will perform services for the RP or designated representative in connection with the RP's operations.

Response protocols

Upon activation and following consultation with the RP, IBRRC will commence mobilization and deployment of our trained response team whose duties, in accordance with all elements of IBRRC's Oiled Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Protocols, include the following :

• Initial wildlife impact assessment with trustee agencies and RP

Assessment consists of reviewing the spill trajectories, examining the spill site and surrounding terrain, and performing fly-overs as needed. In all cases, IBRRC staff will meet with state and federal trustees to identify the wildlife species in the area which are likely to be affected.

The RP will also be informed of any endangered and/or threatened species which may be impacted. Following initial assessment, IBRRC will inform agency representatives and the RP of IBRRC's initial action plan. Also, IBRRC will activate local trained wildlife rehabilitators to be on-scene to care for oiled wildlife prior to IBRRC's arrival.

Oiled wildlife facility design and operation

Not all states and regions are fully prepared for oil spills involving wildlife. In areas where established oiled wildlife rehabilitation facilities are available, IBRRC will work with the RP and agency representatives to activate these facilities. If no oiled wildlife rehabilitation facility is available, IBRRC will assist the RP and trustee agencies in locating buildings that can quickly be modified into a functional rehabilitation facility. The cost of any renovation will be the responsibility of the RP. In the event of a federalized spill, the trustee agencies will assume the financial responsibility. All costs associated with establishing a center will be pre-approved by the RP or agency responsible.

IBRRC will use its standard facility guidelines, which are listed in the IBRRC contingency plan under the paper entitled: "Facility Requirements for Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Centers." Throughout the duration of the rehabilitation effort, IBRRC will manage and operate the facility on a daily basis. This includes procuring security guards and contacting local utility companies and other pertinent agencies as needed.

Overall management of rehabilitation program

Oiled wildlife rehabilitation programs are multifaceted and must be organized in a way that facilitates the rapid movement of the animals through the system.

Every aspect of the program, from washing to feeding, is equally important. A breakdown within any part of this system will affect the others. To assure the effective and efficient operation of the program, IBRRC will assign staff members to oversee each department within the program. The director will have the responsibility of overseeing and directing the entire operation. The director and on-scene coordinator will work closely with the RP to maintain effective communication at all times. The rehabilitation coordinator and lead veterinarian will coordinate and direct the rehabilitation program.

Coordination of local wildlife rehabilitators

The services of local wildlife rehabilitators are essential in oil spills affecting wildlife. Their expertise in caring for wildlife can be a great asset during spill response. IBRRC will contact and schedule local rehabilitators as needed within the first 72 hours of IBRRC's activation. In the event that an existing wildlife center has oiled wildlife rehabilitation capabilities, IBRRC will work with the RP to establish use agreements with the appropriate groups.

Management of field collection of wildlife

Partially and heavily oiled wildlife can suffer from internal and external effects. If left untreated, they will likely die. IBRRC's goal is to capture as many animals as possible before they succumb to these environmental factors. The collection of impacted wildlife must be initiated immediately when it is anticipated that wildlife may be affected. A timely response is crucial to the survival of the affected wildlife. Following initial assessment, IBRRC will organize and oversee the search and collection of impacted animals where it is deemed necessary. IBRRC's search and collection coordinator will work with agency representatives to establish and implement an action plan using IBRRC staff and/or volunteers. In the event that a field stabilization unit is necessary, search and collection team members will coordinate their efforts with the stabilization team.

If the collection of wildlife has been assigned to agency personnel, IBRRC will assist as needed.


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