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2014-02-06 12:26:18

New Orleans Pelicans to play home games in City's newly-named entertainment venue NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New Orleans Pelicans Owner Tom Benson and Smoothie King Owner Wan Kim announced today a multi-year agreement reached between the Pelicans and Smoothie King to name the New Orleans Arena the "Smoothie King Center." http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140206/MM60237-a (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140204/MM59277LOGO) "Smoothie King and the NBA...

2009-08-06 13:35:26

Officials at an Idaho zoo said they nearly had to X-ray an entire flock of pelicans when visitors reported one of the birds had swallowed a cell phone. Zoo keepers at the Tauphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls said visitors reported seeing the pelicans tossing a cell phone back and forth until one of the birds eventually swallowed the object whole, KIDK-TV, Idaho Falls, reported Thursday. Luckily the bird regurgitated it so it wouldn't harm him. We just need folks to be really cautious when they're...

2009-07-03 07:20:00

Federal officials have halted a plan by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to halve the number of pelicans nesting in eastern and southern Idaho by 2013.In May, Idaho officials approved a five-year plan to kill American white pelicans in southeastern Idaho in order to protect sport fish and the Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations.The plan requires the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, because pelicans are protected under federal law."We didn't feel the management plan had...

2009-01-06 21:45:00

Scientists are trying to determine what is causing California brown pelicans to become disoriented, wandering onto freeways or hitting boats. Scores of birds have been treated at rescue centers, The Orange County Register reported. In addition to disorientation, the pelicans' symptoms include weakness, and many are severely emaciated. One pelican actually hit a car in Los Angeles, said Rebecca Dmytryk of Wildrescue. One pelican hit a boat in Monterey last night. Scientists say some of the...

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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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 17:32:31

The Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens) is a member of the pelican family. It is a resident breeder in Africa, southern Arabia and Madagascar in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is built with a large heap of sticks, into which 2-3 large white eggs are laid. The chicks feed by plunging their heads deep into the adult's pouch and taking the partially digested regurgitated fish. This small pelican has a wingspan of around 2.4m. It is much smaller and duller than the Great White...

2006-02-21 17:19:07

The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a member of the pelican family that can be found from southeastern Europe through Asia to China in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a crude heap of vegetation. This large pelican measures 170 cm length and has a 3 m wingspan. It differs from the White Pelican in that it has curly nape feathers, grey legs and grayish-white (rather than pure white plumage). During the breeding season the lower mandible turns red. Juveniles are grey and lack...

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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