Update on “Mandatory” Training – the problem

Reprinted from an anonymous poster:

“This is so lame. “The sessions will not offer actual training.”

(11-09) 19:12 PST SAN FRANCISCO – Thousands of people have inundated wildlife hot lines, anxious to help rescue birds, clean beaches and volunteer their time.
That means UC Davis’ Oiled Wildlife Care Network is overwhelmed, and phones are jammed.
“At this point, I don’t really know how it’s going to come together,” spokeswoman Sylvia Wright said Friday.
The group provides a two-hour training session in Fairfield that is mandatory before volunteers are allowed to handle injured or oil-soaked wildlife.
For now, rather than calling, Wright asked that people who want to volunteer check the group’s Web site, http://www.owcn.org.
California’s Department of Fish and Game is also stepping in to help, and will offer classes Saturday in San Francisco, Sausalito, and Richmond, explaining how cleanups are conducted and how to get trained in wildlife recovery. The sessions will not offer actual training.
The classes will be held:
— From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., San Francisco. (415) 974-4060.
— From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Harbor Master Richmond Marina, 1340 Marina Way South, Richmond. (510) 236-1013.
— From 5 to 7 p.m. at the Headlands Institute, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Building 1033, Sausalito. (415) 332-5771.

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