Rescuing Pelicans from the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

Join us at Lava Rock Brewing for a Science Cafe.


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Apr 30, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM


Lava Rock Brewing
2220 Unser Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


Rescuing Pelicans from the Santa Barbara Oil Spill: A Science Café with Dr. Christine Fiorello, DVM

Join us to learn about oil spills, pelicans and wildlife rehabilitation.

"In May of 2015, a pipeline ruptured and spilled over 100,000 gallons of crude oil off the coast of Santa Barbara County. More than 400 birds and mammals were found coated in oil. Brown pelicans were the most commonly affected bird. Over 40 pelicans were cleaned and nursed back to health… but would they survive once released back into the wild? That was our question. To answer it, we put backpacks with satellite transmitters on 12 pelicans, and then caught 8 unoiled pelicans and did the same. We followed these birds for over a year and thousands of miles, and learned just how busy a pelican’s life can be.” --Dr. Christine Fiorello

Admission is free. Sponsored by the ABQ BioPark Conservation Committee.




ABQ BioPark
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