Student Accomplishments: Jay Holcomb, International Bird Rescue Director Emeritus used his RSE lessons in his work

Photo Courtesy of Jay Holcomb

“The picture above is from a card I drew during the gulf spill last year. People kept asking me about it and it became a point of interest. ”

“During the Deep Water Horizon spill I had the responsibility of overseeing the rehabilitation of the oiled birds in Louisiana. It was an overwhelming situation influenced by politics and agendas. I used what I had been taught at RSE about the value of making a card for daily focus. This card hung over my desk and attracted everyone’s attention as its message was clear.”
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Jay Holcomb with an Australian White Pelican

– PRS and the Olympia Film Society Present

Capitol Theater, Olympia, Washington
Friday, April 13th 6:00 p.m.

More than 7,000 birds were killed as a result of the April 2010 BP oil spill that spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico. HBO Documentary Films presents the story of the effort to save the 895th surviving oiled pelican in Louisiana, showing how conservationists, government agencies and wildlife activists joined forces to preserve this one life. An inspiring bird’s-eye view of the rigorous process of rescuing thousands of oiled birds.
Directed by Oscar® nominee Irene Taylor Brodsky, SAVING PELICAN 895 tells the gripping story of “LA 895” following LA 895 from his rescue and recovery as an incapacitated juvenile bird with oil-slicked feathers through his ultimate maturation and release back into the wild.

International Bird Rescue Research Center Director Emeritus Jay Holcomb, who is featured in the film, will be on hand afterward for a q & a session. Tickets will be available online through the Phoenix Rising School website at

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