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Facing an uncertain future

Breeding numbers are up, but Brown Pelicans still face challenges

Pelican fish hook photo

Brown pelican caught with fish hook in its beak. (Photo: IBRRC)

From Domoic Acid outbreaks to fishing line and tackle injuries to human cruelty, Brown and White Pelicans have overcome many obstacles in the last 200 years and now face addition conflicts with humans.

Life has not been easy since the California Brown Pelican was put on the State’s endangered list in 1971. While the number of breeding pairs continue to climb, the environment for these birds to really florish is impacted by overfishing and other environmental concerns.

Over the years, IBRRC has treated thousands of Pelicans at its two California bird centers. Thanks to contributions and foundation grants, our bird centers each have 100-foot pelican aviaries to help these majestic birds recuberate from injuries, sickness and stress.

Learn about their history, how man has impacted their populations and what you can do to help save them.

See: Information on becoming a Pelican Partner


Reward now at $20,000 for info on pelican attacks in Orange Co.

In harms way: Endangered Brown Pelican history

Pelican crisis continues along Santa Cruz coast: 2008

Juvenile pelican die-off in 2004

Some suggestions for fishing around pelicans

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Sea of dread: Pelicans at Salton Sea

Algae bloom leaves deadly wake


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