Brown Pelicans Fly Off Endangered Species List

Brown Pelican Flight Lines
Originally uploaded by Fort Photo

The brown pelican population has now rebounded to the point where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its removal from the Endangered Species list. At one time, the brown pelican was decimated by the effects of pesticides such as DDT and Endrin, which were banned in the early 1970s. Pelican numbers have soared from around 10,000 in 1970, the year the birds were declared endangered, to an estimated 650,000 today that are spread across Florida, the Gulf and Pacific coasts, and the Caribbean and Latin America. Read more about this triumph at The Daily Reveille or


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