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Starving Brown Pelicans on the Beaches

August 29, 2012

I suppose I was paying attention elsewhere, because somehow I missed the news that sick, dying and dead Brown Pelicans have been showing up everywhere along the Pacific coast. After noticing at least 5 dead pelicans at the lagoon last Sunday, I did an RFI on LACoBirds chat line for information, thinking it might be domaic acid (Red Tide algae), and Aurelio Albaisa was kind enough to send me a video link.

Apparently there is a real dearth of right-sized bait fish.  The young birds can’t catch enough to feed themselves, are collapsing, showing up on shore, begging from people, and being brought into various rescue operations.
Needless to say, the various rescue operations could use donations.
See our list of local rescue operations here:

Here are some links I found by googling “starving brown pelicans”:
WildRescue’s Blog:

Several Science News Magazine Articles:

KPCC Pacific Swell Pasadena

Morro Bay
(this link is having download problems):

Santa Cruz Patch blog:

CBS News Sacramento

Yuba.net in Oregon:

CBS National Evening News
[Chuck Almdale]

One Comment
  1. Mary Prismon permalink
    August 29, 2012 5:47 pm

    This is too sad! Returning from a recent trip north to San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, we saw flotillas of pelicans flying north, and one gigantic mass of cormorants, pelicans and some gulls feeding on the largest mass of fish I have ever seen in the water off the coast. The birds, particularly the cormorants, were approaching and leaving this swarm, literally by the thousands. We see groups of pelicans flying up the coast daily, but I do not often observe groups plunge diving on fish swarms in the local water off Malibu of late.


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