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Environmental Science Students, Volunteers Cleanse Oily Ducklings at Wildlife Rehabilitation Workshop

March 28, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Water and bubbles splashed as more than 30 environmental science students, dressed in white protective body suits and blue gloves, worked together to rinse ducklings in a simulation of an oil spill. The Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Workshop was held March 22 at the Texas General Land Office (TGLO) Boat Barn. David Jensen, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sciences, and TGLO led the workshop.

The purpose of the workshop was to train volunteers to assist with wildlife rescue and rehab following a disaster such as an oil spill. Students were instructed on the anatomy of the ducks and how to properly hold the ducklings when washing them. Students provided feeding tubes to the ducks for hydration and nutrition before and after cleanings.

State and federal wildlife agencies such as the United States Coastal Guard, veterinarians, zookeepers, aquariums, the Coastal Bend Audubon Society, and the Coastal Bend Sierra Club, also participated in the workshops.

 

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