To visit the affected area as a beach monitor for Gaviota Coast Conservancy, documenting your visit (date, time, what you saw, with photos) please apply to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to volunteer online or call (800) 228-4544. If you volunteer, please report back to us on your experience.
GCC invites beach-goers throughout the County to report the presence of any oil on their beaches. Please share with us and info and photos regarding oil identified onshore (outside of the closure area only). Signup below and share info and images here.
Volunteers from the general public will be trained for assistance with beach clean-up and various tasks over the next several days. In order to volunteer, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and in good health, and must complete the volunteer registration form found online at:
Only registered volunteers will be contacted about required training, task assignments and reporting locations. This is to ensure safety and security for all volunteers.
Currently, the following trainings have been scheduled. You must be preregistered in order to participate.
Hazard Safety Communication Training:
Monday: May 25 at 1 – 5 pm (100 slots open)
Thursday: May 28: 8 – 12 noon; 1 – 5 pm (100 slots open for each session)
Wednesday: May 27: 1 – 5 pm.
Saturday: May 30: 8 – 12 noon and 1 – 5 pm
Sunday: May 31: 8 – 12 noon and 1 – 5 pm
Our friends at Audubon sent word from Cris Sandoval, Director of Coal Oil Point Reserve, that the Refugio oil spill is starting to affect the Coal Oil Point Reserve (COPR). COPR could use help from volunteers to deal with this situation for the next few days. This is the peak of the Snowy Plover breeding season. There are nests and chicks on the beach. To reduce the impact of the spill on the plovers, COPR would like volunteers to act as extra docents on the beach. Volunteers will help COPR by directing people away from areas where they might disturb nests and chicks. If volunteers find oiled birds they can help by calling the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at 877-823-6926.
Volunteers at Coal Oil Point Reserve can contact Jessica Nielsen, Conservation Specialist at COPR, to make arrangements to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 822-8406.
Please do not approach or pick up wildlife yourself. If you find oiled wildlife, please call 1-877-UCD-OWCN and report immediately.
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network, in coordination with UC Davis Veterinary Medicine, have pre-trained volunteers on the scene at Refugio Beach to assist with injured wildlife. The OWCN has been activated and is responding to this spill.
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response has news releases and information on its Cal Spill Watch website. You can also follow the Call Spill Watch Twitter feed.
Volunteer updates are posted at Call Spill Watch.
People who wish to volunteer are invited to keep their distance from the spill zone when visiting the area, and to document what they see in photographs and video. Please upload images here, and we can share them via social media and media releases (with Creative Commons photography attribution).
You're also invited to donate to the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, to support our work to protect the globally-unique Gaviota Coast. Thank you!
(Photos taken at Refugio Beach by Christina Eliason Lloyd on Tuesday afternoon, 5-19-15).