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January 24, 2017: Audubon Society director to give talk on oil spill prevention and preparedness, risks facing Salish Sea

posted Jan 24, 2017, 1:25 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 24, 2017, 1:28 PM ]
Director of bird conservation for Audubon’s Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway helped lead organization through 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. 

Melanie Driscoll, the National Audubon Society’s director of bird conservation for the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway, will discuss oil spill prevention and preparedness and the risks facing vulnerable communities of the Salish Sea during a talk from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15th, at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room in Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham. The event is co-sponsored by North Cascades Audubon Society and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.

During the talk, “Deepwater Horizon disaster: How oil spills affect local people and wildlife,” Driscoll will share her thoughts on the need for prevention of oil spills, preparedness for an organization to find a role in the event of a major spill, and the particular risks facing Native Americans and other vulnerable communities in the Salish Sea.

Driscoll’s perspective comes from her involvement in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and subsequent years of response and restoration efforts, and the spill’s effects on wildlife, the environment, and local communities.

During the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Driscoll initiated wildlife survey efforts and provided biological interpretation regarding the relief effort to media, the public, and the environmental community. She also led Audubon’s conservation planning in response to the disaster and initiated their volunteer response effort. Driscoll has worked with Audubon since 2006.

For more information about the event, visit

Media Contacts: Steven Harper, North Cascades Audubon Society,, 360-650-9065
Virginia Cleaveland, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities,, 360-733-8307

Since 1970, the North Cascades Audubon Society has represented the interests and importance of wildlife, habitat and the environment in Whatcom County. Through scientific research, environmental education, stewardship and advocacy, NCAS provides a variety of services and opportunities for members and the public to engage with the natural world.

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the health of Northwest Washington’s people and ecosystems through the application of science, education, advocacy, and action.