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Brown pelicans are no longer imperiled, U.S. agency says
Delisting process may start this year
By Mike Lee, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER, March 10, 2007
Brown pelicans – including the kind seen regularly
by San Diego County beachgoers – no longer are endangered
and should be removed from the nation's list of imperiled
species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in its
first comprehensive review of the birds' status in nearly
A spokeswoman said the agency has money for the official
delisting effort, which is expected to start by year's
The Fish and Wildlife decision follows a long campaign
by the Endangered Species Recovery Council, a La Jolla-based
conservation group that said the pelicans had recovered
from steep declines in the 1950s and 1960s. The council
aimed to show that the federal Endangered Species Act
works despite controversy about its effectiveness.
“We try to . . . make sure that species get the
help they need when they need it,” said Bill Everett
of Julian, a seabird biologist and founding member of
the council. “Let's not spend a lot of time and
effort trying to help species like the pelican that don't
need it anymore.”
Fish and Wildlife officials generally agreed
with the council's assessment of the bird's progress,
saying that “even
the most conservative . . . estimates indicate that its
global population size is large, consisting of hundreds
of thousands of individuals.”
The agency's pelican update comes on the heels of its
major report to Congress last month about threatened and
endangered species. The study indicated that 6 percent
of federally protected species were improving and 27 percent
were stable as of late 2004.
Twenty-two percent were declining, and the agency couldn't
determine the status of 42 percent of imperiled plants
Those numbers were slightly worse than the results of
a similar Fish and Wildlife assessment from 2002. But
in February, the agency's managers said they may be seeing
an uptick in species that have recovered so much that
they no longer need government safeguards.
The pelicans' population is soaring thanks to federal
protections and a ban on the pesticide DDT. In past decades,
the chemical contaminated the food chain and weakened
the eggshells of several large birds, including pelicans
The brown pelicans most recently studied by the Fish
and Wildlife Service live in California, the Gulf Coast
and Central and South America. Those on the Atlantic Coast
and parts of the Gulf Coast were removed from the species
list in 1985.
Fish and Wildlife officials warned that pelicans remain
susceptible to injury or death from fishing gear, disturbance
of their nesting areas, overfishing and loss of habitat.
But the bottom line is clear: “Threats are localized
and do not appear to have a significant effect on the
(brown pelicans') global population and its distribution,” the
agency's recent report said.
In the months to come, the agency aims to issue comprehensive
assessments of numerous species – work that it largely
avoided in years past.
After being sued by property-rights advocates for not
keeping close tabs on endangered and threatened species,
Fish and Wildlife officials are working on in-depth reviews
of more than 100 species in California and Nevada.
The first batch, released in October, showed that more
than half of the 13 imperiled species studied are doing
well enough to be removed from the Endangered Species
Act list or downgraded from endangered to threatened status.
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03/09/2007 Rehabilitated pelican released into wild
WEST ALTON - A hunter's act of kindness toward an injured
animal came full circle Friday morning as wildlife rehabilitators
released an American white pelican back into nature.
Mike Haefner, 45, of O'Fallon, Mo., looked on proudly
as experts from the World Bird Sanctuary in Eureka, Mo.,
opened the door of a doggie crate along the bank of Ellis
Bay in the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. As photographers
and television cameramen captured the scene, the pelican
emerged from the crate, took a few ungainly steps and
then stopped to look around.
"How ya doin' Pelly?" Haefner called as the
large white bird stretched its black-tipped wings out
several times. "Remember me?" In fact, it was
two months to the day since Haefner came across the bird
while out bow-hunting with a friend on Dresser Island,
located in the Mississippi River roughly between the Godfrey
bluffs and St. Charles County on the Missouri side. Haefner
noticed the bird had a foot injury and appeared weak.
"I told my buddy, 'If that bird is still there on
the way back, I'm taking him home. I ain't leaving him
here for coyote bait,'" Haefner said.
Sure enough, when the hunters returned to their car, Haefner
said the pelican followed him.:::snip:::
Steve Whitworth ©The
Pelican Found With Arrow Stuck In Mouth
Mar 5, 2007 1:52 pm US/Eastern
(CBS4) MIAMI Pelicans are a common sight around South
Florida, especially by the water, but one homeowner made
an unusual find on Monday morning when they found a Pelican
with an arrow through its mouth on their backyard dock.
Officials from the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in
Miami responded to the wounded bird and took it back to
their headquarters to have the arrow removed.
Fortunately the barbs on the arrow were broken off, but
the bird had been malnourished due to not being able to
eat since the arrow would not allow it to open its mouth.
Officials are hopeful that the bird's jaw can be fixed
so it can be rehabilitated and released back into the
It is unknown how long the bird was injured and officials
are still trying to determine the gender of the Pelican.
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De-hooked brown pelican one of the lucky birds
March 04, 2007
By KELLY CUCULIANSKY, Staff Writer
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- As a Marine Discovery Center boat
floated past an island with birds perched on branches,
one lonely brown pelican struggled on the ground.
Passengers, who were enrolled in the Florida Master Naturalist
Program on coastal ecosystems, had learned in past weeks
how important it is to properly dispose of fishing line.
And on Wednesday afternoon, they saw why.
With the boat anchored near the island, three passengers
quickly tromped through the shallow Indian River Lagoon
to shore. Though most birds flutter away at the sight
of humans balancing in the foul mud, the pelican tangled
in monofilament didn't have a choice.
At a quick and quiet pace, Debra Marsicano, education
coordinator for the Marine Science Center, draped a towel
over the pelican's eyes so Chad Truxall could treat the
As she held the pelican's beak, Truxall, education director
for the Marine Discovery Center, found a fishing hook
in the bird's wing.
With the help of Lou King, the center's education assistant,
the trio held the pelican still and removed the fishing
line and the hook with pliers.
Pained by the injury, the pelican escaped into the water
and held its wounded wing up as it floated away.
Onlookers in the boat cheered.
Marsicano said the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet
sees similar cases almost every day.
"Fishermen think they should just cut the line,
but that's almost a death sentence," she said.
Once the tangled bird reaches an island, the animal will
become further tangled in vegetation and can starve to
death. At least two dead birds on the island met such
a fate, Marsicano said.
"Death is imminent once they roost for the night," she
said. "They get tangled and they can't pull away."
Brown pelicans often are caught in fishing line because
they are opportunistic, lingering too close to anglers
for a meal. Feeding them only will encourage the birds
to stay in the area.
The ideal situation is to reel the bird in if it has
become caught on a line and remove the hook and monofilament,
which can take hundreds of years to decompose.
Anglers should hold the bird's beak and have a towel
handy to cover its eyes and hold its wings to safely remove
For those who are not comfortable or are unsuccessful
removing a hook or monofilament, there are drop-off cages
at the Marine Science Center's seabird rehabilitation
sanctuary, 100 Lighthouse Drive.
People also may call the center's bird rehabilitation
hot line at (386) 304-5530 for help.
Also, an update
with video: <http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070228/VIDEO01/302280016/1006/NEWS>
A very sweet story with some fine pictures:
Pelicans head north rescued birds were saved from icy
REBECCA SELL/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
Date published: 2/22/2007
BY FRANK DELANO
Rescued from icy rivers two weeks ago, two dozen brown
pelicans left their temporary refuge at a Westmoreland
County greenhouse yesterday and headed north in a U-Haul
Veterinarians and wildlife-rehabilitation experts were
on hand in Frederick, Md., to examine the birds and send
them on to other sanctuaries for additional treatment
"They need cages big enough to fly in and access
to water in larger pools," said Wendy Fox, who was
in Maryland coordinating the effort.
Fox is executive director of the Pelican Harbor Seabird
Station Inc. in Miami, where the birds may eventually
be released. :::snip:::
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or click here
Pelicans biting off more than they can chew
Kara Kenney, Last updated on: 2/19/2007 5:57:10 PM
COLLIER COUNTY: Dozens of dead pelicans are showing up
at an East Naples park. Officials with the Conservancy
of Southwest Florida say it's one of the worst die-offs
they've ever seen. Fishermen are being blamed, but it's
not the fishing hooks and wire that's killing the pelicans
- it's the fish themselves.
Carcass after carcass, dozens of dead pelicans are showing
up at Bayview Park in East Naples.
"They're slowly withering and dying, it's really
sad. It's very sad," said Joanna Fitzgerald of the
Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
Fitzgerald says the fish are too big for the pelicans'
"They can't get fish down, can't get fish out. They're
wasting away. It's a slow and painful death," said
The deaths are slow and painful because the pelicans
are either dying from their injuries or starving to death.
The cold weather isn't helping.
"If there's a bird already suffering, the cold weather
is going to do them in for sure," said Fitzgerald. "The
bruising, the hemorrhaging we see in their throats when
we get the fish out. It's got to be terribly painful."
Despite numerous signs posted at the park, many fishermen
feed the pelicans anyways.
Fisherman John Benton said he just didn't know the large
fish have the potential to actually kill a pelican.
"I wasn't aware they could eat anything large enough
to kill themselves," said Benton. "You just
throw them over the side."
But Bruce French, a long time park visitor, says the
fishermen are not at fault.
"Pelicans take them away from the fishermen. You
have a fish on the line and a pelican swoops down and
takes it," said French.
Fitzgerald says by nature, pelicans are made for small
bait fish only and that the only way to stop the die-off
is for people to stop feeding them. Instead, the pelicans
need to feed themselves.
She went on to say if you feel the need to feed pelicans,
you should at least cut the fish into small pieces because
that will help them digest the fish.
As for rescuing the pelicans, Fitzgerald says that's
difficult because many of the pelicans can still fly away
even with fish lodged in their throats.
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Return of the pelican
S. THEODORE BASKARAN
The increase in the number of pelicans is news to cheer.
The nests are close to each other and the adult pelicans
jostle with each other. Pelicans need undisturbed places
to reproduce. They will abandon their nests at the slightest
EARLY one morning, driving across Mutukadu Bridge on
our way to Mamallapuram, we noticed on our right what
looked like a large white flotsam in the lagoon. Viewed
through binoculars, it resolved into a flock of pelicans
indulging in communal feeding. These birds form a sort
of flotilla, drive the fish with heavy beats of their
wings to shallower waters and then scoop them in their
beak, which is used like a landing net. :::snip:::
Koonthankulam, near Tirunelveli, is a refuge where they
nest annually. There are at least 15 sites in Tamil Nadu
where these birds breed annually. Pelicans need undisturbed
places to reproduce. They will abandon their nests at
even the slightest provocation.
While breeding pelicans need a lot of food, to raise
three or four ravenous nestlings exclusively on fish is
no mean job. The adult bird first swallows the fish. On
reaching the nest, it regurgitates the half-digested fish
to the nestlings. This year, the Forest Department stocked
the Vedanthangal Lake with nearly 50,000 fingerlings to
help the nesting birds.
Some birders wonder whether sighting these birds in a
few places could indicate recovery. Bangalore-based ornithologist
Dr. Subramanya, who has been meticulously documenting
pelicanries all over India for nearly two decades, says
that these sightings indeed augur well for the status
of this magnificent bird.
Making a comeback
We have reason enough to believe that the pelicans, which
symbolise our wetland habitats, are making a comeback.
He points out that the increase in pelican numbers in
South India is also due to the large number of breeding
sites where raising Acacia nilotica has provided places
A decade ago, the sighting of this bird was a rare occurrence.
For instance, in 1991, only 13 birds were seen around
Bangalore. Now you see them almost the year around and
once a birder saw a flock of 240 in a single tank in one
However, the overall picture of waterfowl is not so happy.
The Wetland International, an outfit monitoring the status
of waterfowl the world over, says that 62 per cent of
water birds in Asia are on the decline, the main reason
being habitat destruction.
Veteran birder Lavkumar Kachar from Ahmedabad laments
that the majestic Sarus crane (the Krauncha bird of the
Ramayana) is on its way out. http://www.hindu.com/mag/2007/02/18/stories/2007021800110200.htm
Feb. 13, 2007, 6:43PM
Costa Rica probes deaths of 500 pelicans
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Authorities in Costa Rica
said Tuesday they are investigating the mysterious deaths
of about 500 brown pelicans along the country's Pacific
coast over the last five days but do not suspect bird
flu was the cause.
The first dead birds were spotted by a fisherman on Thursday
on San Lucas Island, about 10 miles from the coastal city
of Punta Arenas. More turned up in the following days
at nearby islands and rivers.
"This is a situation that is enormously worrisome," Costa
Rican Environment Minister Roberto Dobles said. "But
it is hard to know what happened, and so it is better
not to speculate."
Investigators were collecting tissue samples from the
dead birds, but tests to determine the cause of death
may take several days, said National Animal Health Service
spokesman Flor Aguero.
Coast Guard marine biologist Carmen Castro said investigators
do not think the deaths were caused by bird flu, which
is primarily spread by migration.
Brown pelicans are not migratory birds, and form stable,
permanent colonies. They are not considered an endangered
or protected species in Costa Rica.
Health Minister Maria Luisa Avila said while agriculture
and animal health officials are in charge of the investigation,
hospitals have been checked for possible cases of diseases
like West Nile virus that could infect both birds and
Mosquitoes can spread that disease by biting infected
birds and then biting humans. Avila said no such cases
have been found so far. © 2007 The Associated Pres http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4551469.html
Mississippi Pelican Saved by Rescue Group
This is Bobby, an American White Pelican who was unable
to fly or migrate because of an old wing injury. When
his bill pouch was damaged, the Mississippi Wildlife
Rehabilitation group provided him with a safe place
Adult A.W. Pelicans are one of the largest of the eight
true species of pelicans with a wingspan of 8 to 9.5 feet.
The American White Pelican is different because it does
not drop from great heights to catch its prey, but floats
and scoops up fish with its enormous bill. Several pelicans
may fish cooperatively, moving into a circle to concentrate
the fish, then dipping their heads under simultaneously
MWR needs volunteers for this spring's baby season. For
more information call 662-429-5105 or visit the group's
website. They have lots more cool pictures of rescued
animals, as well.
Date created: 02/ 9/2007
URL for this story: http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/Content?oid=24486
Spot-billed pelicans spotted in large numbers at Pallikaranai
Date:08/02/2007 P. Oppili
POPULATION BOOST: Spot-billed pelicans seen
on a high-tension cable pylon at the Pallikaranai marsh
on Monday. — Photo:
CHENNAI: Visitors to the Pallikaranai marshland here
have been surprised to sight a good number of spot-billed
pelicans frequenting the marsh. Naturalists, who have
been visiting the marsh in the last 15 years, say that
there is no record of sighting pelicans at the Pallikaranai
marsh. This is the first season that a sizeable number
of pelicans have been sighted here, they say.
A rough estimate by the naturalists reveal that nearly
200 spot-billed pelicans have migrated to the marshland
to feed in the waters over the past month. Many of these
birds have made a perch of the pylon of the high-tension
cable in the area.
V. Kannan, Senior Researcher from Bombay Natural History
Society, says pelicans used to visit marshes during chick-rearing
stage. The pelicans are wanderers and wherever they find
a suitable site, they will make it their temporary home.
As far as Pallikaranai is concerned, it could be a secondary
wetland used by the spot-billed pelicans, he observes.
are a threatened species and in 1980s their population
in India was estimated to be around 1,500. The situation
started changing and in the last six years their population
in the wild has increased considerably, he says adding
that in South India their population ranges between 2,850
and 3,700. T. Murugavel, Coordinator, Projects, Environment
Monitoring and Action Initiating says, "It is sad
that they have to fish in polluted waters. A proper study
has to be taken up to assess the impact of pollutants
on these birds, which migrate during the breeding season."
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Cold pelicans find cozy home in Montross nursery
By FRANK DELANO
This is the story of how a Westmoreland County greenhouse
became a cozy hospital for pelicans.
Yesterday, 26 of the big, brown birds seemed to be resting
comfortably on straw in a heated, humid greenhouse at
Red Oak Nursery near Montross.
The patients were hungry. Their long, slender beaks clacked
as they gulped down fish laced with medicine.
The nurse-dietitian was Diana O'Connor of the Wild Bunch
Wildlife Rehabilitation Refuge near Warsaw. She rescued
the first two pelicans last week by the icy Rappahannock
River at Tappahannock.
"They were starving and suffering from hypothermia
and frostbite. They were so depleted and weak that we
just picked them up," said O'Connor. She also found
two dead birds on the shore.
She called R.G. "Doc" Wexler, director of Wildlife
Research and Rescue on the Chesapeake in southern Maryland.:::snip:::
2007 The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company.
Growth driving up costs for wildlife center
By ANGIE FRANCALANCIA, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
When it opened three years ago, the Folke Peterson Wildlife
Center was just a well-outfitted building in a remote
western pocket, the result of a dream to help sick, injured
and orphaned native Florida wildlife. Today, it's a bustling
rehab center that treats an average of three new animals
But as wildlife habitat continues to give way to suburbia,
staff members expect that number to rise. And with that
increase will come a continual rise in the cost to rehabilitate
the thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles that are
brought into the center. :::snip:::
Folke Peterson Wildlife Center
What: A not-for-profit center thatcares for sick, injured
and orphaned native Florida wildlife.
Where: 10948 Acme Road
Information: (561)793-BIRDor online at www.fpwildlife.org
Annual operating budget: $500,000(including $52,000 for
insurance, $30,000 for utilities, $45,000 for food, medical
Fund-raiser:Wild Again Dinner/Auction
When: March 10
Where: Sailfish Club, 1338 North Lake Way, Palm Beach
Time: 7 p.m. cocktails; 8 p.m. dinner
Cost:$125 per personWish List
Cages, including pet carriers, aquariums and small wire
Bedding, such as old towels, pillowcases, baby blankets
Cleaning supplies, including dishwashing liquid, laundry
detergent, scrub pads and brushes, plastic trash bags,
Bowls, non-tipping metal, ceramic and plastic.
Medical supplies, including lactated ringer solution, cotton
swabs, gauze, needles, syringes, butterfly catheters, digital
gram scale, ophthalmoscope.
Office supplies,such as white and color copier paper, envelopes,
stampsand a laptop computer.
Maintenance supplies, including pressure-treated wood,
hoses and nozzles,native plants and hand and power tools.
Palm Beach Post: http://tinyurl.com/26m9cl
Towers pose grave threat to Pelicans
Monday February 5 2007 11:53 IST
MYSORE: The Forest and Tourism Department’s move
to construct a 34 ft tower to help tourists take photographs
and watch the Spotbilled Pelican at the Kokkare Bellur,
Mandya district, has posed a great threat to the birds
during their nesting season.
Kokkare Bellur in Mandya district is one of the
oldest and last strongholds of the breeding colonies
of Spotbilled Pelican (Pelicanus Philippensis) in Karnataka.
These pelicans, considered to be globally endangered
species, have recorded a slight increase in their number
from 186 pairs in early 1990’s to about 400 pairs,
along with 1200 breeding pairs of Painted Strok thanks
to the intervention of NGOs.
The nursery pen for orphan Pelican chicks run by Hejjarle
Balaga and the advocacy and awareness programmes along
with the involvement of local communities in conservation
headed by Mysore Amateur Naturalists have been the prime
factors that helped the revival of Pelican numbers.
But now, the felling of old trees has become a major
threat for the nesting birds in the village. Also the
obstruction caused by the network of high tension power
cables and the disturbance by tourists, also turned a
bane to the nesting birds.
The increase in population of crows in the region has
resulted in preying upon of eggs and nestlings of both
Pelicans and Painted Stork. The movement of unruly tourists
are also a great distrubance to the birds.
According to Mysore Amateur Naturalists secretary K Manu,
the local community is also opposed to the promotion of
tourism as the Kokkare Bellur is for avid bird lovers
and not for ordinary tourists.
He charged the Department of Tourism, with carrying on
its urban tourism development programme with Central grants.
It has decided to broaden the streets by felling trees
thereby destroying the nesting of birds.
The 34 ft tower along with an elaborate stairway is close
to where the pelicans nest in the large banyan tree in
the backyard of Ponana with 135 nestlings.
The Secretary of the government has said that the tower
will not disturb the birds. Manu said that about hundred
birds have fled and felt that the wildlife department
must realise that putting up monstrous towers close to
the nesting trees is disastrous to birds.
Pelicans, loons turning up dead
— Commission seeks answer to mystery
Publication Date: 02/04/07
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
is looking into the deaths of several loons and pelicans
that have turned up on St. Johns County's beaches in recent
The commission's avian mortality veterinarian, Danielle
Stanek, said there hasn't been a "drastic" number
of deaths reported, but she's looking into it in case
there's more to it than survival of the fittest.
Stanek, who's based in Tampa, said it's typical for juvenile
birds to die off this time of year simply because they
can't compete for food with older birds. She suspects
that was the case with many of the young birds that were
But some adult birds are turning up on the beaches, too,
Stanek said, so the commission is running tests to find
Stanek stressed that it's important to report a dead
bird sighting as quickly as possible so experts can get
to it in time for the necessary testing.
To report a dead bird sighting to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, go to http://myfwc.com/bird.
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St. Augustine Record
Another example of the harmful effect from misguided
attempts to "help" by feeding wild pelicans
Virginia Beach SPCA takes more pelicans under its wing
By SUSAN E. WHITE, The Virginian-Pilot
© February 2, 2007
VIRGINIA BEACH - At least 11 more malnourished and frostbitten
brown pelicans were rescued Thursday, one day after nine
unhealthy birds were captured.
Wildlife rehabilitators, animal rescue volunteers and
staff with the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals spent much of the day wrangling
the pelicans around Lake Rudee, near Shadowlawn Heights.
The pelicans are being housed and treated at the SPCA
shelter on Holland Road, but they could be relocated soon,
said Sharon Adams, executive director of the Beach SPCA.
"We're really trying to find indoor facilities because
they don't need to be back outside right now," Adams
Pelicans usually migrate farther south during
the winter, but the rescued birds, most of which are
juveniles, have stuck around because they've been relying
on local fishermen, restaurants and tourists to feed
them, Adams said. :::snip:::
See also this article from 1999 on killing with kindness
Pelicans rescued near Lake Rudee show healthy signs
By SUSAN E. WHITE, The Virginian-Pilot
© February 8, 2007
VIRGINIA BEACH -
They're gaining weight, preening and getting feisty -
at least three healthy signs for the brown pelicans that
were rescued last week near Lake Rudee.
Since the end of January, 29 pelicans have been rescued
by the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
The young birds, which were mainly captured in Shadowlawn
Heights, came to the shelter starving and with frostbitten
feet, wing tips and gullets. Two died.
Over the past week, the remaining 27 have gained between
2 and 2 1/2 pounds each from a steady diet of menhaden,
mullet and antibiotics, said Sharon Adams, executive director
of the SPCA.
Each bird eats nearly 5 pounds of fish a day.
Shelter officials were relying on donations,
but as of Wednesday they were desperate for fish to
one has any," Adams said. "What we need is not
what people are fishing for. Pretty soon, they may be
eating peanut butter sandwiches."
Pelicans generally migrate south during winter. The rescued
birds, most of which are juveniles, don't know how to
fish because they have relied on local fishermen, restaurants
and tourists to feed them.
Shelter officials are working on an awareness campaign
on the consequences of feeding the birds. Adams also
sees some educational potential in the recovery effort,
including a study of their migration patterns.
The project could include banding young pelicans in Virginia
Beach by next winter she said.
Those still here in January could then be moved farther
south, released with adults and monitored to see if they
can be retrained to properly migrate, she said.
"If we can come up with real information that we
can use in a long-range plan, then we won't have to worry
about dealing with this again," Adams said.
David Brinker, central region ecologist for the Maryland
Department of Natural Resources, spoke to Adams last week
about his interest in the possible research.
Brinker, who specializes in water and shorebirds, has
tracked the movements of the brown pelican along the mid-Atlantic
coast since 1987.
About 12,000 of the birds have been banded in Maryland's
Mid Bay since then, he said.
Historically, research has shown that more than
50 percent of the pelicans born and banded in Maryland
don't live past the first year and most were found dead
during the winter, he said. By monitoring the birds'
movement, researchers can better understand the pelicans' "life history
and mortality problems," Brinker said.
Back at the SPCA shelter, 10 of the 27 rescued pelicans
remain housed in large indoor kennels.
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Jan 26, 2007 12:17 am US/Eastern
Website Vendor Accused Of Cheating Pelican Station
Dave Malkoff, Reporting
(CBS4) NORTH BAY VILLAGE A flock of hungry and sick pelicans
is fed everyday near Miami Beach, but one website is suspected
of taking away their fish just like taking candy away
from a baby’s mouth.
The Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in North Bay Village
runs on donations to help nurse sick or injured pelicans
back to health. Wendy Fox, the director for the center,
gets a chunk of money for food and medical care from donations
to take care of thousands of pelicans, all under one roof.
But when Fox did a search on the name of her organization,
she found one website which was selling t-shirts and other
novelties with a pelican motif, claiming that 10 percent
of their sales would be donated to the Seabird Station.
The site even featured photographs that Fox recognized
were taken at her center.
CBS4’s Dave Malkoff contacted the website, CaféPress.com,
based out of California. They told the user selling the
items on their site to take it down or else be kicked
out of the site.
"We don't know who this person is," said Fox. "We've
never received a penny, certainly not in the name of the
Fox suspects this smells like a scam and has contacted
her lawyer. But above all, she wants the public to know
that any purchase on this site will not be feeding another
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Disagreement could keep pelican on endangered list
By Mike Lee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER — January 19, 2007
The California brown pelican appears ready to fly off
the state's endangered species list. If that happens,
it would be the first species delisted by state wildlife
agents because it has recovered enough.
But the California officials are pleading poverty and
trying to force a La Jolla-based conservation group to
pay for costly environmental studies needed to change
the birds' status. That means the pelicans could remain
protected indefinitely even though avian experts widely
recognize that they are proliferating in California, including
in San Diego and Imperial counties.
A lawyer for the nonprofit Endangered Species Recovery
Council will meet with state fish and game leaders today
to discuss the case, which could set the precedent for
future delistings of threatened and endangered species
The disagreement highlights one reason why species remained
listed as imperiled even when they are in good health:
Agencies don't want to spend money on removing the protections.
“What a state. A regulatory agency fails to do
what it should do on its own, and when a nonprofit group
that has zero financial interest in the matter files a
petition to make the agency recognize that a species has
recovered, (the agency) tries to charge it tens of thousands
of dollars,” said Craig Harrison, the recovery council's
lawyer in Santa Rosa.
He said the hang-up fits the pattern of regulatory agencies
that “want to maximize their authority and minimize
(their) work.” :::snip:::
Bill T. Everett of Julian, a seabird biologist and founding
member of the council, said his group's motion to get
the pelican off the federal list appears to be headed
There's more uncertainty at the state level, where the
Fish and Game Commission's request for money has created
a deadlock. The necessary reviews are expected to cost
$50,000 or more.
Everett said the state's stance “certainly has
the appearance of obstructionism” and that his group – a
collection of scientists around the world – doesn't
have the money for the studies. He said the council wouldn't
pay even if it could because it focuses on helping imperiled
That's roughly the same stance taken by state wildlife
“It's all about available resources and priorities.
We don't get funding directly to deal with issues like
(delisting),” said Sonke Mastrup, a deputy director
at California's Department of Fish and Game.
At the state commission, however, assistant executive
director Jon Fischer said the council's petition is raising
“A lot of this is new ground,” he said. “We
might have to look at it . . . and say, 'What is our position
on this?' ”
Mike Lee: (619) 542-4570; email@example.com http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20070119-9999-7m19pelican.html
Pelicans hitch a ride to Southwest Florida
Last updated on: 1/17/2007 6:14:23 PM
LEE COUNTY: A flock of injured pelicans coming in on
airport cargo is not something you see everyday. Officials
say they came in that way because they missed their normal
migrating schedule. The pelicans were rescued on a frozen
Minnesota lake and flown into Southwest Florida to catch
up with all of the pelicans who made the flight on their
The pelicans barely survived the harsh Minnesota
temperatures. But now they are in the warm weather getting
acquainted with their new friends on Sanibel Island.
The rescue started on Pelican Lake in Minnesota. The
American White Pelicans were on the brink of death. They
were trapped, injured, and separated from their flock.
After the birds were rescued, they were brought back
to health. But because they missed their chance to migrate,
they were put on a plane and brought to Southwest Florida's
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, or the CROW
Center, for their final recovery.
"They were all in carriers and it was pretty exciting.
I'm sure it was quite the interesting experience for them
to go from a frozen lake to a rehabilitation center, on
a plane, and then down here on Sanibel," said CROW
Clinic Director Dr. P.J. Deitschel. "It's always
a neat experience to see them go back in the wild where
When the birds were released at the Ding Darling National
Wildlife Refuge, they were seen mingling with other pelicans
"I think they take in their surroundings, check
things out and see what else is out there, and they met
up with the other pelicans. So that was pretty neat," said
Dr. Christy Prinz, CROW Veterinarian Intern.
"We assume that this group will stay with their
new group. Whether they go back to Minnesota or not -
we don't know," said Deitschel.
The White Pelicans should start migrating up north this
spring. But officials are expecting more pelicans to head
back with them. Three other white pelicans, also from
Pelican Lake, will also be flying into Southwest Florida
That will happen when the birds are stable enough to
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January 13, 2007
Pelican gets big fish stuck in his throat
BY MARIA SONNENBERG
FOR FLORIDA TODAY
Florida Wildlife Hospital director Sue Small couldn't
believe her eyes when she first caught sight of a brown
pelican brought to the hospital a month ago.
The creature looked like a punk rocker.
"It looked like he was wearing a spike collar," Small
The pelican was dying from a too-large fish stuck in its
"Someone probably fed him a fish carcass at a feeding
table," Small said.
"It was a fish much too large for him to
catch and he couldn't swallow it."
The fish bones protruded from the neck in his neck, giving
him the punk look.
While the lodged fish prevented him from feeding, the
pelican was somewhat fortunate that he wasn't able to swallow
"If he had managed to swallow it, it would have perforated
his stomach and there's nothing we could have done about
it," Small said.
It was touch and go for the debilitated bird, but hospital
workers were able to clip the protruding bones and then
reached inside his bill to find that the fish carcass was
so decayed it crumpled up easily.
It's not unusual for brown pelicans to find themselves
in such dire straits, for the birds are notorious gluttons
with an appetite for trouble.
Unlike their white cousins, which scoop up fish on their
bills as they swim and are wary of people, "brownies" dive
for their meals and are not afraid of taking food from
Injuries may occur when the birds dive into too shallow
waters or get tangled with monofilament lines and fishing
With medication and lots of fish -- appropriately sized,
of course -- the hospital's "punk" pelican was
released this week after being furnished with a highly
visible band on its leg.
Information gathered from the bands will become part of
a research project for the Bird Banding Laboratory in Maryland.
Florida Wildlife Hospital is sub-permitted to band released
birds through its partnership with the Pelican Harbor Seabird
Station in Miami.
The bands allow scientists to study the species' habits.
Some pelicans are year-round residents while others are
just passing through.
"You can read the bands without capturing the pelicans
and learn about their migration patterns," Small said.
Because of the bands, hospital staff know that several
previous pelican patients hang out by the hospital pond
whenever the weather cools down.
"Yes, we feed them while they're here," Small
For the hospital, the bands are also a way to
flyers" that get into scrapes and land back in the
Another brown pelican a few months back was a repeat customer.
"He apparently didn't listen to our lectures about
staying away from monofilament lines," Small said.
Both of the bird's hospital visits were the result of
entanglement with fishing lines.
He's been lucky to date.
"We released him with a stern warning," Small
Contact Asst. Metro Editor Patrick Peterson at 242-3573
or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070113/NEWS01/701130319/1006
Oregon - Wildlife Viewing
January 12, 2007
Oregon Coast: Nine brown pelicans were seen
at Brookings. Two burrowing owls and a mockingbird were
near Cape Blanco, and two barn swallows were seen near
Flores Lake, three miles north of Cape Blanco. Two
brown pelicans and a Heermann's gull were at the mouth
of the Siuslaw River. Two snowy owls are hanging out at the south
jetty of Yaquina Bay. Among the 137 species in the Tillamook
Christmas Bird Count were a clay-colored sparrow at a Bay
City feeder and a yellow-billed loon at the Ghost Hole
on Tillamook Bay. A red-naped sapsucker was at Warrenton.
Two redpolls were near Charleston, on Coos Bay, and a female
tufted duck was on the north spit of Coos Bay. The Coos
Bay Christmas Bird Count tuned up a record 161 species,
including a redpoll, a tree swallow, a Nashville warbler
and nine red phalaropes.
Surcharge levied: Visitors to the Oregon Zoo are digging
into their pockets to help endangered Pacific Northwest
animals by paying a 25-cent-a-ticket admission surcharge
that went into effect Jan. 1. Zoo director Tony Vecchio
said the surcharge will raise about $100,000 a year. The
money will go to the zoo's Future for Wildlife programs
for a variety of Northwest conservation projects. Animals
such as western pond turtles, pygmy rabbits and butterflies
are among the native species that will benefit from the
surcharge. The surcharge has increased admission to $9.75,
$8.25 for ages 65 and older and $6.75 for ages 3-11). Admission
will remain free for ages 2 and younger. For information
go to www.oregon zoo.com/Conservation/ffw.htm
Number of birds has declined since the hurricanes of 2004
By ED BIERSCHENK
January 11, 2007
PELICAN ISLAND — The dawning of a new year has not
produced any significant increase in the number of birds
flocking to the nation's first wildlife refuge, but there
has been a rise in some unwelcome visitors to the federally
In some years, there can be as many as 16 different species
nesting at Pelican Island northeast of Sebastian. The birds
arrive at different times, with the peak season being April
Last year, however, the only birds nesting at Pelican Island
were some cormorants in late spring.
The bird count includes Pelican Island and Taylor said
he would head to that island at dawn to count the birds.
Prior to the hurricanes, he said, observers would see perhaps
1,000 cormorants, at least that many brown pelicans and
about 800 white pelicans plus other species.
Two years ago when he and other observers boated out near
the island at daybreak, "there was nothing there," said
Taylor. "It was weird. The hurricanes had taken off
the vegetation. Cleared it off like the Grim Reaper." ....snip....
Birds Flock To Site Of Spilled Fish
Sardines, Anchovies Spilled Near Pacific Grove
UPDATED: 8:57 am PST January 10, 2007
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. -- Hundreds of birds continue to
flock to the Monterey Bay in Pacific Grove to feast on
The water near Lovers Point was covered with birds taking
part in the feeding frenzy Tuesday, after tons of sardines
and anchovies washed ashore on Monday.
Seagulls, pelicans and small fish are all taking advantage
of the spill.
State Department of Fish and Game officials said a commercial
fishing boat probably either lost a load or a fishing net
"A mechanical problem could have occurred and fish
may have been released from a net. We've never seen this.
It's kind of like that Alfred Hitchcock movie 'The Birds'
or something. They're everywhere. So far, they're all behaving
themselves," Department of Fish and Game spokesman
Donald Kelly said.
Since no pollutants were dumped, state officials said
no citations will be issued.
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Habitat under strain as birdlife flock to Coorong
Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT
Reporter: Mike Sexton
ALI MOORE: Well, as the current drought in Australia continues
to break all records, the focus has been on how urban and
rural residents are getting by with significantly reduced
amounts of water. But the long dry is also taking its toll
on nature. While Australian birds have evolved to cope
with the continent's variable climate, ornithologists suspect
many species are now struggling to cope as habitats dry
out or, in extreme cases, are being burnt by bushfires.
But one part of the country is proving a haven the Coorong
in South Australia is a 100km stretch of National Park
where the River Murray meets the Southern Ocean. This spring
saw a larger than expected breeding event in the area,
as water birds from across the country sought refuge from
the drought. But, as summer drags on, there are signs the
once fertile area can no longer provide the habitat the
birds are seeking. Mike Sexton reports.
MIKE SEXTON: On a craggy salt crusted island in South
Australia's Coorong National Park is the equivalent of
a daycare centre for pelicans. :::snip:::
The problem with pelicans
Every year the fishermen come, and every year the Conservancy
sews up injured birds that lose the battle with hooks and
By Chad Gillis
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Mitch Young’s hooked one. Robert Beausoleil’s
hooked several. Neither fisherman wanted to catch one,
but reeling in brown pelicans is part of fishing at Naples
Squadrons of the gangly birds hang around the pier looking
for an easy meal. Some hide under the massive structure,
waiting for an angler to reel in a catch before pouncing
on the hooked fish in mid-air.
It doesn’t help that some people actually feed the
pelicans, thinking it’s cute or that the poor hungry
bird needs a nourishing meal. But that only adds to the
problem. It habituates the pelicans and teaches them to
associate fishermen with food.
Losing one fish to a bird is not a catastrophe. The real
problem arises when the pelicans get hooked themselves.
Or tangled in fishing line. At that point there are two
options: cut the line, lose a hook or lure and leave an
injured bird to fend for itself, or reel in the pelican
and try to safely free it.
“Either you bring him to the beach and unhook
him or you use the big net to catch him,” Beausoleil
says while fishing off the south end of the pier. “Often
you’ll find several lures in the bird. Sometimes
you catch them and
“A lot of people at the pier don’t want to
deal with them and they cut the line, so you get five or
six lures in one bird,” he continues. “It’s
a nuisance really. I wish they would just stay away.”
Within minutes Beausoleil casts a lure and a tern flies
into his line. Terns are much smaller than pelicans and
usually don’t steal gamefish. Terns feed on schools
of baitfish that swim near the surface. The pelicans are
looking for larger meals, the same fish anglers are after.
Seasoned at the art of untangling birds, Beausoleil brings
the tern to the pier, where two friends help him unwrap
the bird. It takes only a few minutes, and the bird is
Landing a bird is not always such a simple procedure,
though, especially with pelicans.
Mitch Young is an Ohio resident who visits his parents
in Naples each winter. He fishes at the pier each year
with his family, and usually catches a pelican or two every
“The first year I came down I caught one, and a
guy helped me reel him in a get the hook out,” says
Young while tying on a lure. “Now if I see one when
I’m bringing a fish up to the pier, I open the bail
and let the fish drop back in the water.”
Like most anglers, Young doesn’t want to hook any
bird. He doesn’t want to hurt pelicans and doesn’t
want to spend time untangling the birds, either.
“It’s kind of sad, really,” he explains. “I
saw a pelican the other day trying to eat a fish and his
pouch had been ripped all apart (by hooks and lures). Every
time he tried to swallow a fish it just fell out of his
pouch. But there’s not much you can do.”
Most anglers at the pier are familiar with the pelicans
and how to safely release them. Signs are posted instructing
fishermen on what to do once a bird is hooked.
“Everybody’s pretty used to it,” Beausoleil
says. “But you don’t have a choice. Either
you stay at home or you come and fish and deal with the
This newest crop of healed birds spent anywhere from a
few weeks to a few months at the Conservancy’s wildlife
rehabilitation center, undergoing operations to remove
hooks and tangled fishing line from their wings, feet and
The birds represent a handful of the hundreds of pelicans
that circulate through the Conservancy’s rehabilitation
program each year.
In the wild, pelicans must endure harsh cold fronts,
tropical storms, predators and fish kills from algae
blooms. Once they’re old and strong enough to fly,
their biggest challenge is humans, specifically anglers.
Oddly, humans are also their best chance at survival.
Injured pelicans depend on people to heal their wounds
and return them to the wild — from soft-hearted rescuers,
to veterinary surgeons, to interns who feed them and the
volunteers who sweep out their cages.
- - -
The Conservancy is a like an animal ER. Injured critters
from all over Collier County and the Bonita Springs area
are taken there for medical attention and physical rehab.
Otters, egrets, owls, hawks, bald eagles — all
types of Southwest Florida species end up at the Conservancy.
But brown pelicans are easily the most common. Some have
broken wings or infected eyes, but virtually all have some
type of fishing line/hook injury.
Rebecca Galligan has helped nurse thousands of pelicans
back to health. About 200 brown pelicans a year are cycled
through the rehab center, and almost all of those birds
are juveniles. Galligan theorizes that pelicans that have
made it to adulthood have learned to stay away from people.
“We’ve only had one adult come in this year,” she
says while preparing to examine eight birds scheduled to
be released on a Thursday morning in late December. “Seems
like the older ones have figured out what fishing line
November, December and January are usually the busiest
months at the Conservancy, the time of year when tourists
start fishing from beaches and structures, two places pelicans
Discarded fishing line is like Velcro to pelicans and
other birds. Monofilament line tends to bunch up like a
tumble weed or a loosely woven net. Birds sometimes fly
or swim into the entanglement. Struggling only makes the
line tighter and more restrictive.
Wrapped in a few hundred yards of 20-pound test line,
relatively week pelicans rarely escape on their own. Some
are unable to fly and starve in a few days, or are vulnerable
Lucky ones are captured and taken to a center like the
Conservancy. There they receive medical attention, food
and a place to rest and recover.
And since brown pelicans associate fishermen with
food, they’ll grab live fish on hooks and try to swallow
the meal — hook, line and sinker. That’s when
pouches get ripped.
Even casting from the pier can be dangerous for the birds.
Tossing a lure 100 feet or so from the pier, fishermen
can entangle flying birds that pass by while the lure is
in the air.
In that situation, the lure passes the bird and the bird
flies into the line and gets entangled. Again, the safest
thing to do at that point is reel the bird in and try to
release it safely.
At the Conservancy, most injured pelicans can be stitched
up and return to nature. Birds that can’t fly, however,
The Conservancy campus only has room for a few permanent
residents. A handful of pelicans, a great white heron and
a great egret are some of the only birds allowed to stay
at the rehabilitation center for the remainder of their
“We’re at full capacity for permanent birds,” says
Joanna Fitzgerald, rehabilitation center manager. “It’s
actually against the law to release a bird that can’t
fly. And when they come in for permanency, they unfortunately
have to be euthanized. We just don’t have room.”
Where they come from is not as important as where they’re
going. And the goal is full recovery. Anything less and
the bird will be euthanized.
“The release is the real reward for all the hard
work,” Worcester says as she and DanCourt drive the
latest group of healed pelicans to Goodland.
During the release, Marco Island resident Dwight J. Morgan
parks his black Chevy pick-up truck along the road and
watches the interns and birds from afar.
“Oh, the lucky birds,” Morgan says. “God
bless, and God bless you guys for doing the work.”
Worcester tells Morgan about the pelicans and their injuries.
He’s very attentive and obviously concerned about
“I fished around here for 20 years and I just don’t
do it anymore. From a naturalist perspective, fishing is
a bad business,” he says. “Some people don’t
have respect for life of any kind.”
Fishermen at the pier say they do have respect for wildlife,
pelicans included. Both anglers and pelicans want the same
thing: fish. The two collide, most often at piers, and
usually the pelicans are the losers.
Neither Beausoleil nor Young want to see pelicans hurt.
They say other anglers feel the same way. Some, though,
either don’t know how to rescue birds when they’re
hooked or just refuse to deal with them.
“I saw a guy the other day, and his son had hooked
a pelican with a large lure with treble hooks,” Young
says. “They dad just walked over and broke the line.
I told him that he shouldn’t do that, and that you
can get your lure back and save the bird.”
Pier fishing’s not going away, though, even if birds
are being injured. Docile in nature, brown pelicans typically
aren’t afraid of humans. Their calm nature, though,
is a mixed blessing when it comes to tangling with anglers.
“I would prefer the pelicans wouldn’t stay
here,” Beausoleil says. “For the tourist they’re
nice to see, but for the fishermen they’re a pain.
A lot of times you lose hooks and lures, and people don’t
Injured animals can be dangerous, although pelicans are
relatively docile. Experts say if you find an injured pelican
the first task is to subdue the bird.
-- It helps to throw a towel or sheet over the
-- Grab the pelican by the beak, make sure you keep the
-- Wrap the bird in a towel and place it in a pet kennel
or large box with ventilation.
-- Call the Conservancy at 262-2273 before transporting
the bird to the rehabilitation center.
For a fine series of photos and the full version
of the article: © 2006 Naples
Daily News and NDN Productions. Published
in Naples, Florida, USA by the E.W. Scripps Co.
Brown Pelican flies away after recuperating in Cayman
The Cayman Wildlife Rescue volunteers successfully released
a juvenile Brown Pelican that was rescued on Seven Mile
Beach, his migration journey injured his wing and exhausted
The pelican was found by a concerned visitor, Barbara
Holz, on Seven Mile Beach on 24 November 2006.
When the bird did fly away upon being approached, but
rather stumbled along the beach trying to fly, it was evident
that something was wrong, and Mrs. Holz contacted the Cayman
Wildlife Rescue Hotline – 917-BIRD.
Upon arriving at the scene volunteers captured the pelican
and took it to the vet. The bird was exhausted from its
migration, underweight and had an injured wing.
After assessment by the staff at Island Veterinary Services
Pete the Pelican was taken to the Cayman Wildlife Rescue
facility in South Sound, where a dedicated band of volunteers,
made of Sara Galletly, Katie Attenborough, Jenny Murphy
and Catherine Redfern medicated him and ensured that he
was fed his high-protein and high-fat diet of herring and
sprats twice a day.
He was also sprayed with fresh water everyday to prevent
desiccation of the waterbirds skin and to encourage him
to preen so that his natural skin oils would continue to
coat his feathers and keep him waterproof and ready to
swim upon his release.
After a month spent rehabilitating Pete the Pelican, Cayman
Wildlife Rescue volunteers took him to the beach near South
Tentatively waddling out of the carrier and getting a
feel for being free, Pete the Pelican hopped along the
beach and then opened his wings and lifted up into the
After a short, strong flight over the South Sound shallows
he landed in the water and immediately started bathing.
He was monitored by volunteers for two hours who watched
him fly, swim, bathe and fish, and it was determined that
he was healthy and safe.
Most residents of Grand Cayman are familiar with winter
visits of the Brown Pelican. According to Patricia Bradley’s “Birds
of the Cayman Islands” (Caerulea Press, 1995) the
Brown Pelicans that visit Cayman are casual short-stay
visitors, although some birds, usually immature, occasionally
stay overwinter. They can be found in small groups close
inshore in marine sounds.
Cayman Wildlife Rescue is a collaborative volunteer
organisation comprising volunteer members of the public,
National Trust of the Cayman Islands, Island Veterinary
Services, the Humane Society, the Department of Environment
and Cayman Wildlife Connection. A small, quiet facility
where animals can recuperate from injury and prepare
for rehabilitation is maintained by volunteers and funded
entirely by donations. http://www.caymannetnews.com/cgiscript/csArticles/articles/000100/010077.htm
Always for the birds
Mary Jane Park. Published January 3, 2007
Environmentalists and residents who live near tiny Bird
Island are relieved and ecstatic that a newly formed corporation
bought the property to use as a nature preserve.
Bird Island LLC paid $60,000 in December to acquire the
promontory from Island Development Co., according to Pinellas
"This is just a benevolent effort to protect and
preserve an important piece of St. Petersburg history," said
Martin Rice, a lawyer for the limited liability corporation.
St. Petersburg's Holland family had owned the island for
years and had granted Clearwater developer Chris Scherer
an option to buy it. Although land-use maps prohibited
development of the island, the city received a drawing
in August that showed four wooden solar-powered stilt houses
on the property, each with a dock and space for two boats.
In putting together its comprehensive plan, the City Council
gave the island preservation-land status in October.
"We are thrilled that Bird Island will now be kept
in perpetuity for us, our children, our grandchildren and
everyone beyond," said Barbara Heck, a St. Petersburg
native and president of the Snell Isle Property Owners
Bird Island, also known as Coffee Pot Island and the Coffee
Pot bird colony, is home to about 500 breeding pairs of
birds. The Audubon Society's 2006 count noted 482 breeding
pairs, including 13 species.
Six - roseate spoonbills, reddish egrets, tricolored herons,
little blue herons, snowy egrets and brown pelicans - are
listed as species of special concern by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Lorraine Margeson, an environmental activist,
called it "probably
the most unique colonial nesting island in the state of
Florida, this little teeny-tiny parcel right in the midst
of a heavily urbanized area. It's just stunning when you
look at the size of that place. This was really on a lot
of people's minds."
Although city officials have urged some protection in
the land-use plan that is going forward, the island doesn't
have the designation yet, she said.
"With our generous and wonderful new owner, whom
I call St. Pete's Santa Claus, they took care of the worry
of anything possibly happening to the island," she
said. "All of a sudden the clouds cleared, the sun
came out and the sky opened up."
© 2007 • All Rights Reserved • St. Petersburg
Ciba site danger remains, say feds
Toxic levels in Tombigbee River swamps are still a threat
to the environment, according to the EPA, which may require
a cleanup over a much larger area
Monday, January 01, 2007
By BEN RAINES, Staff Reporter
Tombigbee River swamps adjacent to the Ciba Corp. factory
and Superfund site in McIntosh are still contaminated with
DDT at levels dangerous to the environment, despite a cleanup
effort by the company, according to the U.S. Environmental
Ciba will likely be required to clean up
a far larger area of the widely contaminated 370-acre
swamp than the small 12-acre plot the company dug up
in the 1990s, according to federal officials. EPA officials
had allowed the company to clean just a small portion
of the swamp, over the objections of other federal agencies,
such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service. Fish & Wildlife biologists did not believe
such a limited cleanup would protect the Mobile-Tensaw
Delta or Mobile Bay from DDT contamination.
"Risks to fish, wildlife and humans appear to extend
from the (Ciba) site to Mobile Bay," concluded a 2002
Fish & Wildlife report. :::snip:::
For instance, DDT present in pelicans
and fish in Mobile Bay can be linked to the contamination
upstream based on the mix of certain compounds found
in the DDT at both the Ciba site and in creatures living
in the bay, according to documents from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service. While company officials have long
disputed that the DDT found in Mobile Bay fish, oysters
and birds originated at their factory, University of
South Alabama chemistry professor Wayne Ishfording
-- after reviewing the federal data in 2003 described
it as "one of the most compelling
chemical fingerprints I've seen."
Federal officials have not yet determined how the swamps
will be cleaned up, and said a decision would be reached
in the next few months.
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