Forest & Bird's Tauranga-based field officer, Al Fleming, is our co-ordinator for help with wildlife affected by the oil spill. Here are his instructions:
People willing to volunteer can ring 0800 333 771 and provide their contact details and information on how they can help.
People can also go to a one hour induction/training session at Te Maunga Wastewater Treatment Plant, Truman Lane (near Baypark stadium), Mt Maunganui. A session will be held at 3:00pm Saturday 8th October. Please carry identification as there is security on the gate. Make sure you have covered footwear with you. There may be a request for volunteer crews to assist with wildlife rescue or other work associated with the response. Your details will all be recorded when you attend the induction.
Found oiled wildlife
If you see any oiled wildlife (birds, seals etc) please call 0800 333 771 to report it. Please leave a detailed message if you don’t get through to somebody. If you have time, please stay with the oiled animal to ensure it is not disturbed or injured by dogs etc. If the animal moves please try and record where it goes. DO NOT touch or pick up the animal, as the oil is toxic.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) would also like your help with wildlife observations. If you are walking along the beach in the next few days can you please take a copy of the attached form and fill it in. Then either email it to the BOPRC at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to 0800 884 882 or phone the Oiled Wildlife Hotline on 0800 333 771.