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BC Beached Bird Survey
BC Beached Bird Survey

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Data Entry:

Reporting an Environmental Emergency:

If you find:

  • Oil on the beach that appears to have washed ashore
  • Five or more oiled carcasses (bird, mammal, turtle) on the same survey
  • Massive die-offs (large fish kill, beached marine mammals, turtles, birds)
  • Live oiled birds or other animals in distress

Please report to Canada's Environmental Emergency Hotline at 1-800-663-3456. This number is available 24 hours a day. Do not hesitate to call this number in any of the above situations. Be sure to report your findings on your Beached Bird Survey data sheets as well.

If you find birds that are alive and injured or in distress, contact your local wildlife rehabilitation centre or SPCA. Please do not handle them unless you have specific wildlife rescue training.

If you find dead marine mammals, especially cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises, or Orcas) on the beach, please contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada on their 24-hour toll-free line: 1-800-465-4336. If you are able to take photos and provide additional location and observation information, please email with the photos and information, and CC on the email.


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