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2006-01-20 06:44:25

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Researchers say they want to conduct the first census of the American white pelican population in North America in about 25 years. "We have to learn more about them before we can effectively manage the species," said Ken Torkelson, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bismarck. The researchers are hoping to do a continentwide pelican count next year. "It's only a proposal at this point," Torkelson said Thursday. "There are a lot of hurdles." The...

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2005-07-13 06:40:00

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the deaths of thousands of young white pelicans at the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in central North Dakota, a year after thousands of adult birds abruptly left the refuge. At least 8,000 white pelican chicks may have died over the past two months, spokesman Ken Torkelson said. "The difference is, last year the adults left first," Torkelson said. "This year, the young have died and the adults have no reason to stick...

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2005-06-19 16:40:00

CHASE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.D. -- From an airplane a half-mile above white pelican nesting grounds here, the giant birds are hard to miss. Measuring 6 feet from bill to tail and weighing up to 20 pounds each, the birds look like moving patches of snow on the islands of Chase Lake. Wildlife officials estimate 18,850 breeding adults have returned to this 4,385-acre refuge in central North Dakota, which had been known for a century as the home of the largest nesting colony of...

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2005-04-01 07:06:22

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Federal biologists trying to solve the mystery of why 28,000 pelicans left Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge last year have bought electronic tracking devices for the birds. But for the plan to work, the pelicans will have to return to the refuge near Medina. Wildlife officials are confident they will come back - and earlier than normal. "We're predicting they'll start coming back next week," said Ken Torkelson, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in...

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2005-02-04 07:49:14

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Pelican nesting grounds will be off-limits to the public this year at a refuge in central North Dakota while biologists plan their most extensive study ever of the big birds. Biologists still are baffled about why some 28,000 birds showed up to nest at the refuge in early April but took off in late May and early June, abandoning their chicks and eggs. The 4,385-acre Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge north of Medina had been the site of the largest nesting colony of...


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