There are many charities and organizations that are made to protect the world’s seabird population and help the endangered species. But what services do they offer?
All international bird rescue organizations have the same goal, and that is the protection of wildlife. This can be reached by reducing the impact of oil spillages and other man-made catastrophes so that the highest number of animals can be returned to their natural habitats.And how are they seeking for worldwide attention about the possible catastrophes? The biggest dangers to seabirds are oil spillages, discarded plastics, and hazardous waste. As a result, organizations need a wide range of resources to be able to cope with a multitude of catastrophes and protect the different wild species.
The first in the most important thing is a responsible and well-trained team that is organized and efficient. All emergency managers must have a strong leadership skill to evaluate a situation and call the appropriate biologists, vets, rehabilitators and other associated wildlife experts. Obviously, it is not possible to have a SWAT type van always ready to strike. The managers must attend the scene first and decide what is the scale of a disaster. Later, they formulate a team of professionals with the necessary skill to deal with the situation. The biggest bird rescue organizations claim that their response teams are all trained and certified according to the Hazwoper standards. The senior members of the team are fully trained in emergency management as well.
We have talked about the professionals who attend the ecological incidents that threaten birdlife, but what about the many volunteers that give their services for free? Many disasters that happen in the sea are very harmful to the wildlife and the scale of them is epic. Therefore, the experts need an army of volunteers to help with the sea cleanup. This could be scores of volunteers combing the beach picking up discarded plastics or dozens of helpers washing away the oil with non-hazardous fluids out of bird and animals.
When response teams are deployed the following areas are covered:
- Impact assessment
- Set up of oiled wildlife facility
- The creation of a rehab program
- Coordination of animal rehabilitators
- Field collection of damaged wildlife
- Release of animals
- Public affairs
- Full documentation and cost analysis
The rescue organizations help birds and animals from ecological catastrophes. The most common animals are freshwater aquatic mammals, reptiles, and terrestrial mammals. Without organizations such as International Bird Rescue, SANCCOB, and Wildlife Rescue the future of many bird species would be very shady. The aforementioned organizations are the cornerstone for the protection of these animals and lead the way for governments around the world to take up preventive measures to try and limit the damage caused by human negligence. The major part of the work is providing information about the incidents and how to avoid them. These organizations try to reach the worldwide society and educate all of us that to rescue birds and animals is the public responsibility.