It all starts up again.
I went into the International Bird Rescue Research Center on Sunday, expecting to hear that things had stabilized, and that they would no longer be needing night-time volunteers. The professionals mobilized for the spill had gone home, and the volunteers were continuing to break down the emergency hospital.
Shortly after I arrived, we were told that the Mystery Spill in Santa Cruz was continuing to affect birds, and that a van-load of birds was on its way up to the center, needing emergency care. It being a huge travel night, the birds did not arrive until about the time that I was going home.
The staff of IBRRC was in for a long night. People called their families, saying that they would not be coming home.
The sad fact is that just because one catastrophic event seems neatly wrapped up, and we're tempted to pat ourselves on the back and get back to our normal lives, the next crisis is right around the corner. We can't be complacent, because there's still work to be done.