Starving Brown Pelicans on the Beaches
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: http://smbasblog.wordpress.com/bird-rescue/
Here are some links I found by googling “starving brown pelicans”:
WildRescue’s Blog: http://wildrescue.blogspot.com/2012/07/starving-young-pelicans.html
Several Science News Magazine Articles: http://esciencenews.com/dictionary/brown.pelican
KPCC Pacific Swell Pasadena: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/2012/07/12/7037/brown-pelicans-turning-along-coast-should-they-all/
Morro Bay (this link is having download problems): http://www.ksby.com/videos/starving-brown-pelicans-keep-showing-up-dead-in-morro-bay/
Santa Cruz Patch blog: http://santacruz.patch.com/articles/starving-pelicans-turning-up-on-beaches
CBS News Sacramento: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/07/09/starving-pelicans-turn-up-on-bay-area-beaches/
CBS National Evening News: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57471448/baby-california-pelicans-starving-to-death/