Hundreds of pelicans found dead along west coast of US
Pelicans suffering from a mysterious malady are crashing into cars and boats, wandering along roadways and turning up dead by the hundreds across the US west coast, from southern Oregon to California and Mexico, bird rescue workers say.
Heather Nevill, a veterinarian tracking the problem for the International Bird Rescue Research Centre, said the malady could be anything from disease to a suite of converging, harmful environmental conditions.
Dmytryk put the situation in starker terms. "I've been rescuing wildlife on the California coast since 1981," she said. "And I've never seen anything like this."
Ur UC Santa Cruz Currents Online [12 juni 2006]:
More signs of return for California brown pelicans
For the first time since 1939, endangered California brown pelicans are nesting on Prince Island, according to UCSC seabird biologists and the California Department of Fish and Game.
Following reproductive failure, severe population decline, and colony losses from the 1940s to 1970s, the California brown pelican was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1970 and by the California Fish and Game Commission in 1971. The pelican is also identified as a Fully Protected species in California under Section 3511 of the Fish and Game Code.
The Fish and Wildlife Service was petitioned to delist this subspecies in California in December 2005, and recently completed an initial 90-day review of that petition.
Måhända har Dmytryk aldrig sett något liknande, men ett tillräckligt stadigt bestånd av bruna pelikaner för att de skulle kunna märkas i samhället är ett undantag i modern tid.