A Well-Oiled Machine (no pun intended…): Notes from the Field

A blogger onsite in Santa Barbara reporting on wildlife rescue efforts. #oilspill

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Winston Winston “the gull whisperer” Vickers baiting in gulls for capture

Today marks just over two weeks since the Refugio Oil Spill began, and day 15 since I arrived. For many days after I got here I felt like I barely had time to take a breath.  Each day was a flurry and steady stream of activities, including safety briefings in the morning, deploying field teams, multiple check-ins, conference calls, making plans for the following day, and the never ending text messages and phone calls that are just a regular part of oil spill response.

Richard Grise and his favorite field binoculars Richard Grise and his favorite field binoculars

At the end of the long day, a quick dinner and collapsing in bed left little time for other activities (except for the nightly schemes that went on in my head on how I could make my cell phone meet its horrific demise). But now that I feel like we have almost…

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