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From the Field: Pelican Patrol!

Our biologists have been busy banding birds!

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(Young brown pelicans at one of the Chesapeake Bay colonies. Photo: Pete McGowan/USFWS)

Over 600 fledgling brown pelicans are now sporting bands after volunteers and scientists from our Chesapeake Bay Field Office and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources began the project on July 9.

A lot of help came from students in the Coastal Bays Stewards program and Boy Scouts Venturing Crew 202.

Banding is important because it helps us document and monitor the pelican population up and down the Atlantic coast.

Also,in order to conserve and protect brown pelicans, we need to know where the pelicans are breeding in the Chesapeake Bay and how successful these breeding efforts are each year.

To learn more about this and other great work, check out Field Notes!

Field Notes showcases the acitivties and accomplishments of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from across the nation.

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