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Pelicans Land In Tucson
Posted: April 30, 2008 04:38 PM
An unusual sighting on the city's westside Wednesday
morning: a flock of pelicans landed at Silverbell lake,
at Christopher Columbus Park. That's near Silverbell Road
and Camino de Oeste.
The Southern California birds are not common for this
area, but they do occasionally get blown off track during
It's not known what the pelicans are doing in Tucson
so early in the year. Posted By: Mindy Blake, KOLD News
Adelaide scientists say they may have the first proof
of how far pelicans can travel to breed.
Greg Johnston from Flinders University says a pelican
tagged in Outer Harbour Adelaide has been found in south-west
Thousands of birds are gathering there to nest at three
sites after floods in the region.
Dr Johnston says until now there has only been anecdotal
evidence that the birds travel so far.
"For the first time, we're actually confirming that
some of the coastal breeding birds are moving inland and
actually contributing to some of these big breeding events
following rain, and that's not been shown before," she
(That's about 600 miles, if on a straight line and over
mostly dry land. The California Brown Pelicans travel
coastline north, from breeding grounds on the Channel
Islands as far as Washington and even B.C. waters, but
so far as this Web site knows, none have been tagged.)
Who shot this pelican?
BY KEVIN LOLLAR • KLOLLAR@NEWS-PRESS.COM • MARCH
Sometimes a wildlife story comes along that makes you
say, “What was this person thinking?”
Late Friday afternoon, Coast Guard Petty Officer Brian
O’Sullivan saw a juvenile brown pelican struggling
in Matlacha Pass near the Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard
Someone had shot the bird with a 3-foot-long metal arrow.
“As soon as I saw it splashing around, we went
looking for something to get it out with because pelicans
can be aggressive,” O’Sullivan said. “That’s
when Kaye (DeHays of Fort Myers Beach) came along in a
boat. She had a cage, so we put the pelican in the cage.”
O’Sullivan and DeHays took the pelican to the Clinic
for Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel, where veterinarian
PJ Deitschel and vet intern Staphanie French euthanized
“That pelican was one of the saddest things I’ve
ever seen,” Deitschel said. “The arrow severed
the nerves along the spine, and the animal was paralyzed.
The internal organs were not functioning, so, though the
bird was still alive and could flap its wings, we felt
there was no way we could get it back to being a functioning
This was not the first animal that Deitschel has treated
for an arrow wound.
“It’s not a common occurrence, thank goodness,
but I have seen some, not as many here as I’ve seen
in other places,” Deitschel said. “I’ve
been in this business for nearly 25 years, so it’s
fair to say I’ve been in areas that were worse than
others when it comes to education and enforcement. This
kind of thing happens. Cruelty to animals does happen.”
Fort Myers Beach resident Kaye DeHays and two members
of the Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard station on Friday
rescued a pelican that had been shot with a target arrow
from Matanzas Pass.
The bird was taken to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation
of Wildlife on Sanibel. The bird’s condition was
unknown this morning.
The bird was shot from very close range, according to
DeHays. The Coast Guard is looking for suspicious looking
activity on the nesting island, which is where the bird
might have been shot.
If anyone has information about the shooting
call DeHays at 239-463-0363. http://tinyurl.com/6fc7rt
Thriving seabirds, once devastated by DDT, no longer
belong on the national endangered species list, officials
February 9, 2008; by Marla Cone, Los Angeles Times Staff
Pelicans have roosted on the nation's list of endangered
species longer than nearly all other creatures. Now the
winged icon of America's surf and sand is about to be
officially declared healthy.
The Interior Department on Friday announced a proposal
to remove brown pelicans from the national endangered
species list, 40 years after they hovered on the brink
A single threat caused most pelican populations to plummet,
and a single savior brought them back. Their plunge toward
extinction was stopped not by the Bush administration,
or even the previous five administrations, but back in
President Richard Nixon's day.
Pelicans suffered almost complete reproductive failure
in the 1960s and early 1970s because the pesticide DDT
accumulated in their bodies, weakening their eggs and
killing chicks. When DDT was banned in the United States
in 1972, the species started to rebound.
Today, more than 70,000 breeding pairs of pelicans inhabit
California and Baja California, and total numbers have
surged to about 620,000 birds along the West Coast, the
Gulf Coast, and in Latin and South America. :::snip:::
Rehabilitated brown pelicans set free
By Hunter Sauls; The Facts, Published February 02, 2008
FREEPORT — Flopping clumsily out of their cages,
the brown pelicans stomped webbed feet across the sand,
The six birds elegantly took flight just as the sand
became surf. As they rejoined the wild world Friday morning,
dissolving into a flock of smaller beach birds at the
mouth of the Brazos River, the women who nursed the pelicans
back from illness and injury watched their work set free.
“When I got him, the fishing hook was all the way
down this throat,” said Dana Simón, wildlife
rehabilitator for Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue, as she pointed
to a pelican.
Two weeks ago, a man at the Bastrop Bayou Marina in Freeport
found the pelican struggling to fly with 30 feet of fishing
line dangling out its beak. The man called the Gulf Coast
Wildlife Rescue instead of cutting the line and releasing
the bird, like many do in the same situation.
“Never cut the line. It’s a death sentence,” Simón
Discarded fishing lines are a common killer of brown
pelicans since they swoop down and plunge their beaks
into the water, scooping up fish.
Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue is a group of local volunteers
who provide food, shelter and medical treatment to wildlife
until ready to be released back into nature. Rehabilitated
animals are also placed in zoos around the country.
Based out of Angleton, some of the rehabilitators care
for rescued animals full-time without pay. The organization
depends on grants for the wildlife cages, some as large
as buildings, and donations to pay for veterinary supplies
and food, Simón said.
Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue treats pretty much any animal
outside of house pets, not just pelicans.
“We have a possum lady. We have a bat lady,” Simón
She has gotten good at whipping up fiberglass patches
for the shells of turtles hit by cars, Simón said.
They also take in a large number of armadillos.
“It is about average for us to take in a new animal
each day, especially this time of year,” Simón
said. “When they come in really skinny, we usually
have to keep them for at least a month. Sometimes they
start to stack up.”
Another of the released pelicans was found lost in a
Freeport neighborhood Jan. 9, dying of disease.
“It kept trying to fly, but it couldn’t fly
too far,” said Israel Piado, 26, of Freeport. “That’s
the first time I’ve seen them around the neighborhood
A group of neighbors moved the pelican away from traffic
off Eighth Street and into a yard. Piado said he called
Angleton animal control officers because he used to work
there, and they gave him the number of the Gulf Coast
Lake Jackson resident Sandy Henderson, a wildlife rescue
volunteer, said pelicans have big appetites and can eat
40 fish a day. To make it as easy on the bird’s
fragile systems as possible, they were fed ground thread
herring through a tube down their throats, she said.
“It’s like a fish milkshake,” Henderson
said. “We have to buy lots and lots of fish for
Some of the pelicans were tagged before they were released,
said West Columbia resident Charlie Brower, the group’s
certified expert for animal tagging.
“That way you can keep track of them,” Brower
said. “You can find out what your survival rate
He documents sightings of the birds by local bird watchers.
He often receives digital photos of them, and depending
on the quality of photo, he sometimes can make out the
number on the tag.
The brown pelican still is considered a “threatened” species
after its numbers dwindled due to pesticide use in the
1970s, he said.
Simón watched as the birds she helped bring back
to life winged off across the Brazos River. Through her
binoculars, she caught a glimpse of a pair of pelicans
in the distance.
And then they were gone.
Hunter Sauls is a reporter for The Facts. Dalstra photo:
http://thefacts.com/index.lasso. Copyright © 2008. The
Worst breeding season threatens pelicans' future
By Andrew Faulkner,
January 28, 2008
Article from: The Australian
ALARM bells are sounding for the future of the Australian
pelican after the worst breeding season in history at
the most important rookery in South Australia.
Not one chick hatched from 350 nests on the key breeding
island of Pelican Point, off Adelaide's Outer Harbor.
Dismal flow-on effects are predicted for other states.
A lethal combination of drought, storms and foxes wiped
out the many hundreds of eggs laid in the pelican breeding
season, between May and October last year.
Adelaide Zoo senior research scientist Greg Johnston
said: "The ones that weren't killed off by the storms
were killed off by the foxes."
The disaster has national implications as birds born
on the windswept, narrow and lonely strip of sand colonise
the entire continent and beyond; some have been found
in New Guinea.
Low Murray River flows and chronic salinity have also
hastened the demise of pelican rookeries in the Coorong,
south of Adelaide - scene of the classic movie adaptation
of Colin Thiele's book Storm Boy - making the failure
at Pelican Point even more worrying.
"Birds from this colony pretty much cover all of
southeastern Australia," Dr Johnston said.
This development, coupled with the decline of nesting
sites in Victoria from 10 to just two in recent years,
has thrown the species' survival into doubt.
The "reproductive failure" was the first since
Dr Johnston started studying the Outer Harbor pelicans
Breeding pairs commonly scrape 800-1000 shallow nests
on the island, but a lack of food caused by the drought
slashed the number to 350 last winter.
Four storm surges on the low-lying island washed away
many of the eggs. A fox attack finished off the rest.
Jennifer Hayes co-ordinates a team of 10 volunteers who
help Dr Johnston record egg numbers, weigh the chicks
and tag the birds' wings. She knew last year was unusual
when the birds were slow to arrive in February.
"We kept coming out and there were no birds, and
kept coming out and there were no birds," she said.
Then came the storms, and the foxes.
"What happens is pelicans sit with their eggs on
their feet," Ms Hayes said. "What it looked
like to me was the fox ran through ... so the pelicans
took off and the eggs got flung everywhere.
"We came out one day and they were gone. All gone.
It's sad for the birds because you know they feel it from
the things you see them do. We've had incidences where
babies have died and the adults have sat beside them for
more than a day."
Last week, a few pelicans cautiously returned to the
island to resume breeding for the next nesting season.
White Pelican Bird Injured By Arrow
By LaDale Anderson
Jan 27, 2008 - 8:41:38 AM
ATTEMPT TO CATCH INJURED BIRD UNSUCCESSFUL
SANTA MONICA—A tragic and horrific
crime was committed against an innocent animal in the
Santa Monica area. An unidentified individual intentionally
shot an arrow into the beak of a White Pelican bird. The
bird was first spotted by individuals more than a week
ago. The search to help capture the bird intensified on
Saturday, January 19, 2008 as members of animal rescue
groups attempted to catch the injured bird. The International
Bird Rescue Research Center has teamed up with the Human
Society of the United States and others to catch the person
responsible for injuring the bird. A $6,000 reward is
being offered to anyone who has information leading to
the arrest of the person responsible for this heinous
$6,000 REWARD; if you have any information,
please call Rebecca at: 831-869-6241
or the IBRC
in San Pedro at 310-514-2573
arrow was caught between the upper and lower portions
of the bird’s bill, sealing its mouth shut and making
it difficult for the bird to eat. The bird was last spotted
near the Sepulveda Dam. Anyone who comes in contact with
the bird is being urged to contact the International Bird
Rescue and Research Center at (310) 514-2573. The White
Pelican is known to be a very shy bird and is afraid of
humans. Investigators believe that the arrow in the bird
came from an archery camp in Woodland Park. A serial number
on the arrow will help officials find the person responsible
for injuring the animal. The White Pelican is federally
protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. http://www.canyon-news.com/artman2/publish/Local_News_10/WHITE_PELICAN_BIRD_INJURED_BY_ARROW.php
See also: http://ibrrc.org/pr_01_16_2008.html
2 meetings on restoring oil-damaged S.F. Bay
Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer, Monday, January
Oiled birds can continue washing ashore for
decades after a spill, said Karen Benzel, spokeswoman
for the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia.
"It only takes a dime-size spot of oil to kill a
bird, and oil stays around for a long time," she
Only 20 percent of the oil from the Cosco Busan has been
cleaned up, Lewis said. The rest has evaporated, broken
up or sunk.
So far, the Cordelia center has received almost 3,000
oiled birds. About 2,000 were dead on arrival, 421 were
cleaned, treated and released, and 653 had to be euthanized,
The birds represent more than 40 species, including endangered
marbled murrelets, threatened snowy plovers, brown pelicans,
egrets, herons, seagulls and ducks.
The center spends about $200 to clean and treat each
bird, for which the shipping company will be billed, Benzel
UF shows a ‘Pelican’s Point of View’ to
protect the seabirds
Announcements on January 17,
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At virtually every
seaport mankind has ever built, you’re sure to see
a pelican at some time or another. The birds roost on
every continent except Antarctica. Their scythe-like beaks
and snaking necks have adorned human art dating back thousands
So, what’s the harm in a fisherman tossing a bit
of fish to the nearby pelican kind enough to keep him
company? What’s a scrap of flounder between friends?
To see the flash video, visit: http://collier.ifas.ufl.edu/SeaGrant/Anglers.shtml
interested in a hardcopy DVD of the video should contact
Fluech via email at Fluech@ufl.edu.
Bird reserve? No, thank you
ANIL BUDUR LULLA
Kokkre Bellur (Karnataka), Jan. 16: Kokkre means pelican
in Kannada, and this village believes it knows more about
caring for birds than the Karnataka government.
Life in Kokkre Bellur has for generations revolved round
the migratory birds that spend six to nine months here
every year. Now its 2,500 residents are opposing a move
to turn the 750-acre village, 85km from Bangalore, officially
into a community reserve.
From the children to the aged, the villagers have been
taking care of the spot-billed grey pelicans and painted
storks that have made the village their nesting ground
Being declared a community reserve would mean a tourist
invasion, says Hejjarle Balaga (friends of the pelicans),
an NGO formed by the villagers.
“Bird lovers are welcome to stay but why build
additional infrastructure for tourists? We had a bad experience
when a watchtower was built. It was too close to the trees
and many young ones fell down and some nests were abandoned,” said
Mahadev Swamy of the 96-member Hejjarle Balaga.
“The birds were not used to having tourists peer
into their nests. We forced the forest department to dismantle
the tower. We will not tolerate such intrusions.”
Village lore has it that the only year the birds did
not come, back in 1964, a famine claimed many lives.
“Their arrival is a good omen,” said Linge
Gowda, another Balaga member.
The villagers also believe that the birds, which live
for 25 years, can identify them. In 1924, when residents
were shifted to a camp because of a plague outbreak, the
birds built their nests around the camp, Gowda said.
But it’s not just traditional beliefs that the
government is up against. The Balaga has an arsenal of
arguments against the village being turned into a community
reserve (see box), which will mean compensation for not
cutting trees, and money to plant saplings, regenerate
dying water bodies and practise aquaculture.
“We need government help to build good roads and
insulate the overhead electric wires, which kill at least
25-30 young birds every year. We have been pleading with
power officials for six years but they haven’t responded,” a
Balaga members have set up a bird rehabilitation centre
with their own money and are against outside meddling. “We
have planted banyan, peepal, acacia and other trees so
that the birds come in large numbers. If the government
steps in, our culture and lifestyle will be affected,” Swamy
“We teach our children to co-exist with the birds.
It’s they who inform the Balaga when chicks fall
off the nests or get electrocuted.”
A government official said: “We have guaranteed
the villagers’ land rights and promised funds for
every kind of activity but they say the government cannot
do a better job than them.”
Over 500 pelicans and 2,500 storks from across India
come here every year. In another few weeks, the entire
village will come alive to the chirrups of thousands of
chicks and its fields will be carpeted with white bird
The storks stay from January to July and the pelicans
for a whole nine months, from October till July.
Pelicans lay eggs at six years and storks at four. After
arrival, they take a month to build nests, preferring
higher trunks, and lay eggs that hatch after another week.
For the next three weeks, male and female birds take turns
to feed the chicks, which take at least three months to
learn to fly. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080117/jsp/nation/story_8792572.jsp#
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, January 11
A pelican spotted a couple of days ago in Shelburne Falls
has apparently taken the next step in its journey.
Residents say the pelican has disappeared from the bridge
of flowers. One person said they saw the bird floating
on a block of ice in the Deerfield River.
The bird caught the attention of many residents there
as pelicans are extremely rare to find up here this time
In the winter, they usually flock to the gulf states.
Bid to save pelicans in Port Phillip Bay
Dina Rosendorff, January 09, 2008
REFLECTIVE disks will be installed on powerlines after
the death of more than 100 pelicans in a single year north
of Port Phillip Bay.
Representatives from Hobsons Bay Council, power company
SP AusNet and wildlife agencies met yesterday after reports
pelicans were breaking bones and getting electrocuted
because they were unable to see the powerlines strung
across Kororoit Creek, in Altona North.
Wildlife carer Amanda Hall said more than 100 pelicans
had been killed in the past year as they unwittingly flew
into the lines.
"As they fall they hit more lines and are smashed
up," Ms Hall said.
"The death rate was 100 per cent. We weren't able
to save a single bird." http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23024499-2862,00.html
Article published Jan 8, 2008
Bird Watchers Help To Nab Pelican Shooter
By MALENA OGLES, Staff Writer
Audubon Society members bird watching around Lake Palestine
Saturday afternoon were shocked when the white pelican
they were observing was shot from the sky.
The birdwatchers were parked on County Road 1134 viewing
water foul fly back and forth from a private lake to Lake
Palestine when they heard a gunshot.
"A pelican they were watching folded and fell to
the ground," said Chris Green, game warden for Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department. "They're beautiful
to see swimming together. They have a large bucket-type
mouth and it's neat to see them fishing. That's why they
The birdwatchers called Operation Game Thief, a toll-free
number where the public can report hunting, fishing and
other environmental violations.
Green said he was dispatched to the area and located
the shooter and his friends along with the bird that was
hidden in a makeshift dumpsite on the property.
When interviewed, the 17-year-old Robert E. Lee student
told Green he shot the bird because it was eating too
many fish out of his private lake.
"I seized his shotgun and wrote him a ticket for
killing a protected bird," Green said.
In he state of Texas there are three classifications
for protection. The first is endangered, which includes
species such as the whooping crane and brown pelican.
The second is threatened, and includes the bald eagle,
and the third class is protected which includes owls,
hawks, pelicans and songbirds.
"They are numerous, but we still protect them from
random shooting, and violators face a pretty steep fine," he
said. "(The teen) will be looking at around a $500
In addition to the fine for killing a protected bird,
he was ticketed for not having a hunting license or hunter
Green said even though the bird was shot on private property
it is still against the law to harm or kill protected
wildlife. He added that if it wasn't for the Audubon ladies
looking through their binoculars, he probably would not
have known about the shooting.
"The women were very disappointed. They came to
East Texas to see the beauty of our wildlife and all we
can show them are killers," Green said. http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20080108/NEWS08/801070322
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