Posted: Mar 22, 2013 6:30 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
Updated: Mar 22, 2013 10:53 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - When environmental disasters like oil spills happen it's often the helpless wildlife that suffers. Rinsing the oil soaked animals is no easy task but Corpus Christi A&M students learned how to do just that today.
Students and volunteers were doing a lot more than just spending bath time with a few webbed feet friends; they were learning the step-by-step process of handling, cleaning and feeding animals.
They were doing it for a reason, however; today Corpus Christi A&M held a workshop to train new potential wildlife responders: people who could be ready if another oil spill, like the one in the Gulf in 2010, should ever happen again.
Sharon Schmalz, Executive Director of the Wildlife Center of Texas said, "there are things going on in the background all the time so that we are prepared for when something does happen."
Sharon Schmalz and her flat billed birds host two training classes in Texas every year that attract a variety of people for a variety of reasons.Courtney Poganais and her friend traveled here from Colorado just for the hands-on experience.
"Today was awesome, actually, Poganais said. "There are a lot of spills, a lot of inland spills and it's always good to learn how to do this stuff."
Although the ducks in this workshop weren't covered in an oily coat, other marine animals that might, some day, need the help of volunteers will be. When oil-soaked marine animals that flourish in the Gulf need some help, it's important the ones volunteering as oil wildlife responders know the do's and don'ts
Aviation fuels inspector, Jesus Travino said, "just as I'm doing in the military, doing my part for my country, it's the same thing for here. I just want to do my part to help out the environment this time.
Many remember the images of oil drenched animals after the 2010 oil spill...and although we all hope no wildlife creature has to go through a disaster like that again...It couldn't hurt being prepared.
Schmalz says the ducks used in the workshops are actually her pets and they don't mind helping out as long as they get a bath out of the deal.
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