The Oiled Wildlife Society is pleased to accept membership applications through our website. Please read the OWS Membership Bylaws outlining the society’s membership guidelines. An application form is also provided should you wish to sign up via regular mail.

Your membership fee will help the society in providing some of the necessary resources required in oiled wildlife response and rehabilitation. Your support is very much appreciated.

Online Membership Subscription & Renewals

The Oiled Wildlife Society of BC works closely with other wildlife organizations in the event of an oil spill. As such, oiled wildlife training resources are typically invested in groups of individuals with some previous experience handling or working with wildlife. We strongly encourage individuals who are interested in volunteering in oiled wildlife response to first gain some experience volunteering with their local wildlife rehabilitation centre.

For a list of centres in BC please see the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of BC.

The Oiled Wildlife Society and the Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Network of BC are hosting Oiled Wildlife First Responder training courses.  Course modules cover:

  • Overview of the Incident Command System, the role of First Responders
  • Overview of the agencies involved in dealing with an oil spill
  • First Responder health and safety
  • Capture & transportation procedures for oiled wildlife
  • Wildlife handling techniques
  • Temporary housing options for oiled wildlife
  • Critical animal care and stabilization during the first 48 hours in captivity

Please contact us to be placed on a notification list for the next training session.  Registration will be by priority invitation.