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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Sick, injured brown pelicans swarm at San Pedro Bird Rescue Center

Conservation officials said Wednesday, May 18, that a Southland Wildlife Center is full of sick and injured brown pelicans, with 55 more expected to arrive in the past four days and more this week.

“We’re seeing a mix of fledgling, second-year birds and mature adults,” said Dr. Rebecca Duer, director of research and veterinary science for Bird Rescue’s Los Angeles Wildlife Center in San Pedro. Could be a food supply issue rather than a simple influx of hungry children. ,

Officials from the Global Conservation Organization, which also has a center in San Francisco, said many of the birds in the latest group came with multiple fish hooks. But some have been hit by cars or fractured for unknown reasons. Some are just cold and hungry.

“Birds in a changing world face new challenges that take time to research and understand,” a bird rescue statement said. “In this case, Bird Rescue suspects that part of the problem is a lack of available fish stock, causing the birds to either not get enough to eat or to fail to take on additional exposure to food.

“Combined with a new crop of young pelicans learning to feed themselves,” Bird Rescue said, “could explain the current flow.”

Brown pelicans were added to the endangered species list in 1970 and then removed in 2009 due to exposure to the toxic pesticide DDT. In 2010 and 2012, Bird Rescue’s wildlife centers saw a similar influx of brown pelican patients.

“Rescue efforts like in 2010 and 2012, and what we’re undertaking now, help keep pelicans off the endangered species list,” said JD Bergeron, CEO of Bird Rescue.

“Thanks to our bandaging program, we recently saw a former patient feeding his young four years after its release into the wild,” Bergeron said. “This proves that the hard work of saving one bird at a time can affect future populations.”

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