This Oiled Wildlife Training video series provides detailed awareness of the activities Department of Interior (DOI) responders, or any other spill responder, might take in response to an oil spill. The video series includes: methods to safely execute search, observe and capture for oiled or impacted wildlife; wildlife responder roles and responsibilities; and best practices and advice on how to transport, stabilize and document wildlife. This video resource features training, commentary and perspectives from leading experts in the field of oiled wildlife from across the country. These subject areas are meant to compliment and support the curriculum of the CSP3129 DOI Inland Oil Spill course.

NOTE: Performing hands on activities with oiled wildlife should only be performed by trained professionals directly tasked under an official oil spill response organization.


Upon completion of this resource you will be introduced to subjects such as:

  • Overview of oiled wildlife response, recovery and release 
  • The roles and responsibilities of wildlife responders in oil spill response
  • How wildlife operations fits within the Incident Command and National Response System organizational frameworks
  • Wildlife handling, such as migratory birds, reptiles and amphibians, and small mammals
  • Field observation and assessment of oiled wildlife
  • Best practices for handling, documenting and maintaining chain of custody of deceased oiled wildlife
  • Managing data on oiled wildlife
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Animal Release

Curt Clumpner describes the process and the release criteria of wildlife after rehabilitation.

Animal Standards

Michael Ziccardi discusses best practices and standards for care of oiled wildlife.

Effects of Oil on Wildlife

Michael Ziccardi teaches the viewer about the complex range of health conditions that occur when wildlife becomes oiled.


Curt Clumpner of OWCN defines and describes the process, and how it can be used during an oil spill.

Information Collection

OWCN staff have a goup discussion of appropriate information collection at the command, field and facility levels during a spill response.


Veterinarian Greg Frankfurter discusses necropsy and the reasons for performing a necropsy during a spill response.

Oiled Wildlife Response Facility Tour

Michael Ziccardi gives a virtual tour of the San Francisco bay oiled wildlife care and education center.

Spill Response Equipment

Kyra Mills gives viewers an overview of OWCN's fleet of oil spill response equipment.

Field Data Collection

Charlie Hebert teaches viewers how to efficiently and effectively collect wildlife data when responding to an inland oil spill.

Mobile Tankless Water Heater

An in depth look at specialty equipment used in the care of oiled wildlife.

Packaging Deceased Oiled Birds

Oiled birds are packaged to avoid oil contamination and following law enforcement protocols.

Propane Cannon

Charlie Hebert demonstrates how to operate a propane canon and discusses the strategy for setting them in the field for maximum effectiveness.

Roles and Responsibilities Part 1

Charlie Hebert discusses the incident command system roles during a oil spill response.

Roles and Responsibilities Part 2

Charlie Hebert imparts wisdom on the complexities of responding during a spill and what a successful effort entails.

Search and Capture Carriers Part 1

Charlie Hebert demonstrates techniques to carry wildlife using readily available supplies and carriers.

Search and Capture Carriers Part 2

Charlie Hebert imparts wisdom on the complexities of responding during a spill and what a successful effort entails.

Search and Capture Carriers Part 3

Charlie Hebert demonstrates containers of different sizes to transport wildlife as well as basic equipment needed to transport dead oiled wildlife.

Search and Capture Safety and Equipment

A broad cross section of field gear is discussed emphasizing personal protective equipment and properly sized nets for wildlife capture.

Wildlife Deterrence

Charlie Hebert discusses methods for deterring wildlife from becoming oiled.

Wildlife Impact Assessment

Biologists are taught how oiled wildlife react and techniques to assess impact.

Wildlife Observation and Capture

Discussions on techniques and equipment used to observe and capture wildlife during a spill response.

Wildlife Search and Capture

Charlie Hebert shares his knowledge of the behavior of oiled wildlife, and capture techniques.

Wildlife Stabilization Trailer

Chris Battaglia tours viewers through his wildlife response trailer, and discusses stabilization techniques and processes.

Handling Birds

Smithsonian Zoo animal keeper Heather Anderson demonstrates safe capture and handling techniques for several species of birds.

Handling Reptiles and Amphibians

Smithsonian Zoo assistant curator Matthew Evans demonstrates safe handling techniques for reptiles and amphibians.

Handling Small Mammals

Smithsonian Zoo curator Steve Sarro demonstrates equipment and techniques for handling small mammals safely.