PELICAN NEWS and other
happenings at the seabird pond
very irregularly updated)
(Volunteers for seabirds and other birds are always needed;
call SBWCN at 805-966-9005)
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11: Very busy at the seabird pond, with many young
pelicans coming in, unable to catch their own dinners.
This weekend, June was caring for 17 — four
died of starvation and the rest were found in time
and were greedily eating. It's a South Coast pattern
(see this site's news
page about San Luis Obispo County.) Pictured
are pelicans, gulls, 2 cormorants; not shown are
a murre and 6 young Black-Crowned Night Herons.
seabird pond is again open to recuperating seabirds.
Here are four young pelicans, not apparently affected
by domoic acid, but having had difficulties hunting.
Others have not been so lucky and have not been
found in time to survive. Others have gone
on to San Pedro to IBRRC care. ...It seems early
for so many young pelicans to arrive.
and photos of seabirds from the pond are always welcome!
Please send to the address at the bottom of the page.
Good news on the adult pelican that came in from
CARE on Monday after more than a day & night
there; he was very frail, with no signs of domoic
acid poisoning, but dirty (see pix.) and underweight.
(There's been a lot of rain, with resultant coastal
muddy waters.) After a day or so of frequent tube
feedings with pedialyte and Ensure, he showed interest
in fish and yesterday, June reported, he ate 20!
Today, he is enroute to IBRRC for care.
Domoic acid poisoning has reached Santa Barbara. June
received a young pelican last evening from the Leadbetter
Beach that did not survive. She has another, moderately
affected, that will go to San Pedro this morning.
See: this site's pelican
news page for recent information on domoic acid
the pelican did not survive, seriously affected
(apparently) by domoic acid poisoning.
April 9: Another pelican is reported to be arriving
for care. Reports have come in of 5 more off the Ventura
area, oiled with an unknown substance, perhaps from
storm damage and drainage in the Santa Clara River.
(The IBRRC have been notified and they have notified
The male pelican from last evening is doing well,
but does have some sort of oiling.
April 8: Two adult pelicans were brought from Carpinteria
to the transfer point at the Summerland Post Office,
then to June at the seabird station. Both were suffering
from domoic acid poisoning. One, a female, well-fed,
judging by her weight, was so badly affected, her
head and neck bent way back, that she was brought
to CARE for euthanasia.
have been domoic
acid warnings from San Luis Obispo County southwards
against human consumption of shellfish and anchovies.
The warnings were issued after samplings of seafood
from Southern California showed elevated levels of
the toxin. For more information, call (800) 553-4133.
...But who's going to tell the (Endangered) Brown
Pelicans that depend on the fish!
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for larger images)
April 1: About 4:30, there's a call to the SBWCN
Center from Sea Landing at the SB Harbor, saying
there is a pelican acting strangely. Allison, a
volunteer at the Center, called June and with fellow
volunteer, Cyndi, brought the young pelican to
the seabird station. It was a very young pelican,
note the color of the feet, probably a female,
and very thin and weak. Otherwise, she seemed okay.
June tube fed her pedialyte and a mixture of pedialyte
on Sunday, she was introduced to fish. Wow! This
is a picture of her after her 39th fish that day,
looking for more. Mark Russell at IBRRC said
to June to give her as many as she would take;
we decided to let her pause to digest. On Tuesday
morning, she travelled to San Pedro to recover
with some other young pelicans they have there.
Her appetite was reported to be very strong! Hopefully,
because of the presence of domoic
acid in Southern California waters, the release
will be delayed and away from that area.
March 31: The Seabird Pond remains closed. For information
on that closure, check with the SBWCN at 966-9005; background
information is available on a freelance blog, wildlifecaring.blogspot.com.
for RECENT 2006, pelican news
here for November-December, 2005 Pelican News (with
links at the bottom of the page to the rest of 2005.) Click
here for December, 2004, pelican news (with
links at the bottom of the page to the rest of 2004.)
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