UF/IFAS is hosting two free training workshops on Feb 1st in Cedar Key for people interested learning more about appropriate responses to stranded marine mammals or injured seabirds.

Attendees can find out more information about joining the marine mammal stranding network or the Cedar Key Bird Rescue programs as volunteers. Attendees are not required to volunteer for either program but volunteers must attend a training before participating.


February 1st, FWC Kirkpatrick Lab in Cedar Key

12:30 – 2:30 PM Marine Mammal Stranding Workshop: Hosted by Amber Lea Kincaid. This is a training for anyone interested in volunteering for the University of Florida Marine Animal Rescue team, or anyone interested in simply learning about how we rescue marine mammals. Training will cover UFMAR personnel, marine mammal health information, Southeast Stranding Network organization, human health and safety, and procedures for assessing and assisting stranded marine mammals on the Gulf Coast of Florida. There will also be a practical portion where we will cover how to support a marine mammal and load and carry it in a stretcher for transport. (registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marine-mammal-rescue-training-tickets-54536525215)

2:30-3:00 PM BREAK


3:00 – 5:00 PM Bird Rescue Workshop: Hosted by Savanna Barry, Mary Opall, and Cedar Keys Audubon. Attendees will learn about the Cedar Key Bird Rescue program, hear from a licensed wildlife rehabilitator about best bird handling practices, learn how to access rescue gear, and learn how to rescue an injured bird. This program primarily focuses on rescuing birds that have been tangled in fishing line, and the majority of birds rescued in this program are pelicans. (registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-cedar-key-bird-rescue-workshop-tickets-54015126698)