Dangers and Threats
To Brown Pelicans
to Brown Pelicans
Brown pelicans of every age sometimes develop the regrettable habit of frequenting fishing docks for handouts. The birds may become so
tame and accustomed to being fed that they will try to intercept fishing
lures being cast into the water.
Too often this
ends up with a bird having a hook impaled in its body
or snagged in its pouch. Or the pelican may become helplessly entangled
in the fishing line.
If the a fishing
hook rips a pelican's pouch, the pelican could starve.
A good number of brown pelicans brought to rehabilitation centers are
there to have their pouches repaired.
populations were severely damaged in many parts of
the country by the pesticide DDT. The DDT caused the
adults to produce thinner egg shells that could not
survive the incubation process.
most of Florida's brown pelicans, at least, escaped
this situation because the pesticide was not widely used throughout
brown pelican population is estimated at about 20,000
in the Southeast, the declining brown pelican populations, along with
those of the bald eagle, were important signals that something in the
environment was very, very wrong.
Fortunately, the birds are rebounding well almost everywhere. In fact, the brown pelican was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2009.
In Florida, it's easy to see thriving colonies of brown pelicans. Link to the first topic below.
to See Nesting Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans Feed
Pelican Breeding & Nesting
To How Brown Pelicans Fly
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