Becky Elias became the Oiled Wildlife Care Network's Volunteer Coordinator in 2010. During oil spill response she manages pre-trained volunteer efforts, oversees volunteer scheduling and assists in animal care. We spoke to her about her role in the aftermath of the Refugio Oil Spill, which dumped about 100,000 gallons of thick, crude oil along a 10-mile stretch of coast near Santa Barbara, California.
The OWCN, which is a world leader in oil spill response, was at a conference in Alaska when the spill happened. They had to snap into action and react the fly.