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Gulf Oil Spill: Fairfield Bird Rescue team to aid Louisiana wildlife groups

By Gary Bogue
Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 8:21 am in International Bird rescue research Center, Oil, Oil Spills.

Gulf oil spill slick (U.S. Coast guard photo)
gulf-oil-spill-slick-2010, US Coast Guard

It came as no surprise to me to learn that my good friend Jay Holcomb and his team of wildlife rescue and oil spill experts from International Bird Rescue Research Center in Fairfield have been activated to help with that HUGE oil spill from that blown-out rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jay and I first met while we were cleaning birds during the 1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill when I was curator at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA. Jay continued on in the wildlife/oil spill business and is now, in my opinion, THE oiled wildlife expert. When there’s a big oil spill anywhere in the world, the call usually goes out for Jay to bring his team of experts to help them set up rescue and bird cleaning operations. Good luck, my friend, you’ve really got your work cut out for you on this one! /Gary

I just got this News release from Bird Rescue this morning:

4/29/10 satellite photo of oil slick in Gulf of Mexico (NASA Goddard Photo and Video)
NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Fairfield, California, based Bird Rescue Team Activated to Aid Local Wildlife Groups at Louisiana Oil Spill

Fairfield, CA, April 29, 2010 — A Team of Aquatic-Bird Rescue Specialists from International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in Fairfield, Calif., has been activated in an effort to support local groups preparing for oil spill impact on wildlife in Louisiana.

The team of four wildlife rescue experts will be led by oil spill veteran and IBRRC Director, Jay Holcomb, who has responded to over 150 oil spills around the world, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The team will be working to support local wildlife groups and other organizations as preparations continue for the potential of wildlife casualties from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

“This is a real team effort between all groups involved,” says Holcomb. “While International Bird Rescue has a great deal of experience at managing large-scale oiled wildlife rescue efforts, our primary role here will be to support local groups and to work together to make sure we do everything we can to minimize the impact on local wildlife.”

As well as Holcomb, the team will include a team veterinarian, rehabilitation manager and capture specialist. Once on the ground, the International Bird Rescue Team will work with local organizations to determine the need for additional deployments in the coming days or weeks.

Team Bios:
Jay Holcomb — Jay has been the Executive Director at International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) since 1988 and is based in Fairfield, CA. Jay has led IBRRC’s oiled wildlife rescue team on over 200 oil spill responses around the world, including spills in France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Estonia, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands as well as in the US.

Heather Nevill –- Heather is a native of Louisiana and is IBRRC’s Response Team Veterinarian as well as the Veterinarian for IBRRC’s Los Angeles Bird Rescue Center.

Julie Skoglund –- Julie is the Rehabilitation Manager for IBRRC’s Los Angeles Bird Rescue Center. She has responded to over a dozen oil spills and recently managed the rescue of over 400 brown pelicans in Southern California>

Duane Titus -– Duane is a member of IBRRC’s Emergency Response team as well as a Capture Specialist for California-based WildRescue. Duane is a Facilities and Search and Capture Specialist.

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10 Responses to “Gulf Oil Spill: Fairfield Bird Rescue team to aid Louisiana wildlife groups”

  1. Jan Bus Says:

    I am in Panama City Florida. I am willing to volunteer for bird/wildlife washing
    Please contact me if there is a need for volunteers for the Gulf of Mexico.
    I am willing to travel to La.

  2. todd hyatt Says:

    I have a 50′ trawler standing by in mobile, This boat has a lot of open deck space, and sleeping for about 8
    If I can get help finding one or two bird rescue experts, and supplies, I can probalby rally enough volunteers, and take the boat wherever needed to help. please forward this to whoever can help
    todd hyatt

  3. Jack Rhodes Says:

    Gary-Perhaps I haven’t found the right way to leave you a message. However I wanted to know if you have heard of geese flying up onto roof tops. We live on the 18th fairway at Blackhawk and several geese have been flying up to the top (and chimmney) of our neighbors and our roof. Once up there they seem to rule over their domain and communicate to lowly brethen stuck on the ground. Ever heard of this?

  4. Dan at LAX Parking Says:

    I’m glad that preeminent scientists and professionals in the field are taking part in this massive oiled wildlife rescue effort in the Gulf region. BP and Trans Ocean should be held fully accountable. For as long as we remain dependent on fossil fuel, tragic incidents like this and Exxon-Valdez will keep happening.

  5. david lotz Says:

    In 1971 i shut down my shell station @ north texas and I80 in fairfield and along with lifetime friend john krause spent 12 days at fort cronkite, a mothballed army base on the ocean just north of the golden gate. i am now 66 with a “icd” implanted, but given the month gone by with REPORTEDLY no action, SIGN ME UP for whatever needs doin. David Lotz Fair Oaks, CA 916/969/2371. Ill fly to nawlens upon your request

  6. Nancy Geiser Says:

    Gary, I hope this gets to you. My son is a recent college
    graducate from Boston college 2010. He is on his senior trip right now. He has a deep love of animals and as a 12 year old worked as a junior zoo keeper at the Dallas Zoo. He played football at BC so he is strong and
    well rounded. Helping you this summer would be something he may want to do. Are you looking for people to help?

  7. Susan Webb Says:

    I am willing and available to fly to Louisiana or elsewhere to help clean stranded birds. I would love to volunteer my services in this clean-up effort. Please contact me if you need assistance. Thanks! 805-218-7099.

  8. Nancy Says:

    PLEASE let me know when and when I can help. PLEASE.

  9. Nicole Says:

    I am willing to help and fly to the gulf to volunteer! Let me know if I can help. Thanks!

  10. Cathy from Fla Says:

    Our family is planning a trip to La. and wanted to volunteer a couple of those days helping cleaning the animals, is that at all possible, we want to help. Thanks

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