Jay Holcomb, has been director of International Bird Rescue (IBR) since 1986. He has more than 40 years of of experience in animal rehabilitation. He began his career at the Marin Humane Society and then helped found the wildlife rehabilitation program at the Marin Wildlife Center in San Rafael, CA. He has a great breadth of experience working with seabirds, land birds, and mammals as well as birds of prey. Jay has been a U.S. Fish and Wildlife permitted Master Bird-Bander since 1979.
During the Exxon Valdez Spill (1989), Jay pioneered the Search and Rescue Program in Prince William Sound, the largest of its kind ever attempted. In addition, Jay managed the entire 6-month Rehabilitation Program caring for over 1,600 birds.
Jay has served on the Board of Directors for the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, an association of wildlife rehabilitators and centers. Jay was president of that organization for 8 terms. Jay was awarded the 1996 NWRA Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award given in the field of wildlife rehabilitation, recognizing his pioneering efforts and dedication to wildlife conservation. In 2010, Oceana named him an Ocean Hero.
Since 2000, Jay has led most of the Bird Rescue responses including spills in France, South Africa, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Estonia, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Patagonia.
Jay lives in Tenino, Washington.
SF Chronicle story: For over 30 years, wildlife lover has come to the rescue