Facing an uncertain
Breeding numbers are up, but Brown Pelicans still face challenges
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
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