Pelicans Are Soaring Again in SoCal

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

After nearly getting wiped out by DDT in the 1970s, the Brown Pelican, common in many Southern California bays and harbors, has rebounded.  The population is now strong and healthy enough the U.S. Secretary of Interior on Friday proposed removing them from the Endangered Species List.

It’s an environmental success story three decades in the making.

Money quote:

When you see a flock of pelicans fly by, you think all’s well out there (in the environment). When you don’t see them, then you know something’s wrong. – Daniel Anderson, UC Davis

LAT story hereDOI press release here.

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