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Predator Removal from Pelican Island
Southwest Region, November 8, 2005
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 On November 8th Fish and Wildlife Service (Corpus Christi Ecological Services and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Fire Crew) staff along with personnel from Texas Wildlife Damage Management Service, the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program and the Nature Conservancy were recognized by the Port of Corpus Christi Authority for collaborative efforts to remove mammalian predators from Pelican Island.  Pelican Island is owned by the Port of Corpus Christi and is located in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas.  This Island has been one of the most important Brown Pelican rookeries on the Texas Coast averaging more than 1,000 pairs over the last five years.  In addition to Brown Pelicans 13 other species of colonial waterbirds including; Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoon Bill, Reddish Egrets, terns and gulls, routinely nest in large numbers on Pelican Island.  During the 2005 nesting season mammalian predators (coyote, raccoon, and feral hog) caused the total abandonment of the island by colonial waterbirds.  Through cooperative efforts of the Port of Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Texas Wildlife Damage Management Services, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the predators are successfully being removed.  Work will continue with the goal of having the Island predator free prior to the 2006 nesting season.     

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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