Latest Brown Pelican Stories

2009-11-12 06:05:00

After a forty year fight to save the brown pelican from extinction, the resilient creature appears to have had a significant comeback. On Wednesday, Interior Department officials announced that they were officially delisting the bird as an endangered species, reported the Associated Press. Now common in Florida, the Gulf and Pacific coasts and the Caribbean, the bird was initially declared an endangered species in 1970, after its population was wiped out by the use of the pesticide DDT. The...

2009-11-11 15:05:00

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially takes state bird of Louisiana off endangered species list WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National conservation groups focusing on the restoration of coastal Louisiana are hailing today's announcement by federal officials that the state bird of Louisiana, the Brown Pelican, is being removed from the Endangered Species List. Audubon, the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Wildlife Federation view the recovering pelican as...

2009-01-11 13:50:00

Wildlife experts reported Friday that a toxic chemical produced by algae has been found in some sick California brown pelicans.  The birds have been found in record numbers along the West Coast in recent weeks. Preliminary laboratory results from the University of Southern California found that half of the blood samples obtained from ailing pelicans tested positive for domoic acid.  Meanwhile, five of 14 water samples taken from waters off the Southern California coast also...

2008-10-06 03:00:14

By Anonymous Hurricane Gustav resulted in at least 33 oil spills, ranging from simple sheens to 8,000-gallon spills, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today. Most of the oil spills were sheens, not slicks, so were of minimal wildlife concern, the agency said. Although not as severe an impact as the 8 million gallons of oil spilled during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, one of the spills related to Gustav coated brown pelicans; that spill, which occurred 25 miles northwest of Breton...

2008-08-06 00:00:20

By Mark Prado, The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif. Aug. 5--The endangered brown pelican, which faced extinction in California 50 years ago, is returning in record numbers to the Farallon Islands, according to the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. "It's good to see that there are that many on the Farallon Islands," said Melissa Pitkin, the observatory's education and outreach director. "It's an amazing story." The bird observatory -- now known as PRBO Conservation Science- has been...

2008-07-01 18:00:13

By Susan Green, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 1--TAMPA -- TAMPA -- Fourth of July traditions like fireworks and kite-flying can be scary for nesting birds, and Audubon of Florida is asking boaters and beachgoers to avoid celebrating near roped-off and marked areas on Tampa Bay islands and Pinellas County beaches. Many of the Bay's nesting birds, including brown pelicans, roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets and terns, have young chicks that are vulnerable to predators or the sun's heat....

2008-02-09 06:00:00

Celebrating the phoenix-like recovery of the brown pelican, brought to near-extinction 40 years ago by potent insecticides, U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on Friday proposed removing the big-beaked coastal bird from the endangered species list. Kempthorne, speaking in Baton Rouge, La., said more than 620,000 of the pelicans now inhabit the U.S. Gulf and Pacific coasts, the Caribbean and Latin America. Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Texas Coastal Program counted...

2006-06-23 17:55:00

CORDELIA, Calif. -- Miles from the shoreline, 10 baby brown pelicans lounge by a pool in a roomy cage, large buckets of fish there for the taking. Just days ago, these birds could not feed themselves at all. Scores of starving baby pelicans - emaciated, cold and too weak to fly - are washing up on California beaches in disturbing numbers this spring. The underfed California brown pelicans have stirred concerns over the endangered species, which in recent years has shown strong signs of...

Latest Brown Pelican Reference Libraries

2007-12-18 13:14:31

The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), lives strictly on coasts from Washington and Virginia south to northern Chile and the mouth of the Amazon River. Some immature birds may stray to inland freshwater lakes. After nesting, North American birds move in flocks further north along the coasts, returning to warmer waters for winter. The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the eight species of pelican, although it is a large bird in nearly every other regard. It is 42-54 inches in length,...

2006-02-21 18:19:51

The Australian Pelican or Goolayyalibee (Pelecanus conspicillatus) is an unmistakable large water bird. It is widespread on the inland and in coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also in Fiji, parts of Indonesia and as a vagrant to New Zealand. Australian Pelicans is a medium-sized pelican that measures 1.6 to 1.8 meters in length and has a wingspan of 2.3 to 2.5 meters and weighing in at between 4 and almost 7 kilograms. This bird is mainly white, however it has black and white...

2006-02-21 16:56:47

The White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is a bird in the pelican family. This rather large pelican measures on average 160 cm in length and has a wingspan of 280 cm. The White Pelican is known to breed across southeastern Europe through Asia. Suitable nesting locations include swamps and shallow lakes where they build crude nests of vegetation in a tree. This bird differs from the Dalmatian Pelican by its pure white plumage. It has a bare pink facial patch around the eye as well as...

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