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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Biologists Release Brown Pelicans to Smith Island in Chesapeake Bay
Northeast Region, April 12, 2010
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Tri-State staff prepares pelicans for release, Chris Guy USFWS
Tri-State staff prepares pelicans for release, Chris Guy USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Pelicans released on Smith Island, Chris Guy USFWS
Pelicans released on Smith Island, Chris Guy USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Brown pelican colony on Smith Island Chesapeake Bay, Chris Guy , USFWS
Brown pelican colony on Smith Island Chesapeake Bay, Chris Guy , USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

On Monday, April 12th, 2010, Chesapeake Bay Field Office biologists Pete McGowan and Chris Guy assisted Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research (TSBRR) in releasing 16 brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) into a colony on Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay. The pelicans were rescued after they had failed to migrate last fall. Pelicans will often stay around marinas and dockside restaurants eating handouts. Because the food supply was so plentiful, the birds did not migrate.  Unfortunately, most of these establishments close for the winter. With their food supply cutoff the birds began to starve.  TSBRR rescued the emaciated pelicans and rehabilitated the birds for their successful release into a colony on Smith Island.

 

For more information, contact:

Pete McGowan

410/573-4523

pete_mcgowan@fws.gov

 

Chris Guy

410/573-4529

chris_guy@fws.gov


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



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