From the Nominator
"When an underwater oil pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach began leaking in October 2021, releasing thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean, UC Davis’ Oiled Wildlife Care Network dropped everything and came to Orange County to lead the wildlife rescue effort. UC Davis Strategic Communications sent a press officer to embed with the team for a week to assist with media relations during the spill. She turned the information and interviews she collected while there into a feature story that brought readers a behind-the-scenes view of the process and passion of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. Told through the eyes of an endangered bird in their care, a snowy plover, readers gain a sense of the impact of oil spills on wildlife and the impressive network of people devoted to their care when disasters occur."
From the Judges
Wonderful story and presentation that keeps the reader engaged. The judges enjoyed the cute animals that accompanied the nomination package.