Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conferences

The first Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference (EOW) was conceived and hosted by Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in 1982. It has since gained international recognition as the premier oiled wildlife response conference. EOW conferences encourage collaboration focused on the care of oiled wildlife and the conservation of their habitats.

The EOW  is the only conference of its kind and its impacts have been impressive. There is now a worldwide understanding and recognition of the problems connected with the oiling of wildlife. More and more governments and responsible industries have included oiled wildlife response as a fully integrated component of their oil spill contingency plans. A truly global community of oiled wildlife responders has also emerged from this series of conferences and together they have developed a shared understanding of standards of good practice which are increasingly recognised and applied all over the world.

Over its history of more than 30 years, EOWs have most often taken place in the United States. Its first European iteration was held in Germany in 2003, was hosted by a US NGO. In 2009, however, the conference was held in Tallin, Estonia, hosted by a European coalition which included the Sea Alarm Foundation, Oil Spill Response, Ltd., and the Estonia Fund for Nature. The 2009 Conference theme was Science, Planning and Cooperation to Minimise the Effects of Oil on Wildlife and was attended by 148 participants from 25 countries.

The 12th EOW, co-hosted by International Bird Rescue and Aiuká, was held in Alaska, USA in May 2015.

History of the Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference

1982–Delaware, USA      
    Hosted by Tri-State Bird Rescue Research

1990–Virginia, USA      
    Hosted by International Bird Rescue

1993–Louisiana, USA   
    Hosted by Tri-State Bird Rescue Research

1995–Washington, USA  
    Hosted by International Bird Rescue

1997–California, USA  
    Hosted by International Bird Rescue, CA Dept. of Fish & Game, UCDavis School of Veterinary Medicine

2000–S. Carolina, USA
    Hosted by Tri-State Bird Rescue Research

2003–Hamburg, Germany
    Hosted by International Bird Rescue

2005–Newfoundland, Canada
    Hosted by International Bird Rescue

2007–California, USA  
    Hosted by International Bird Rescue, Oiled Wildlife Care Network

2009–Tallin, Estonia  
    Hosted by Sea Alarm, Oil Spill Response Limited, Estonian Fund for Nature

2012–Louisiana, USA    
    Hosted by Tri-State Bird Rescue Research

2015–Alaska, USA     
    Hosted by Aiuká, International Bird Rescue