Category Archives: Pelican

Is this the smartest pelican on the West Coast?

In the winter of 2009-2010 West Coast populations of small schooling fish, the principal food of brown pelicans, crashed. These large, regal and elegant birds, a population battling their way back from DDT poisoning at the hand of man, died … Continue reading

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Friendly White Pelicans

I ran into a somewhat friendly group of white pelicans last weekend on Tomales bay. I see whites almost exclusively in flocks, only rarely singularly. Unlike browns, they usually keep their distance from humans. One thing I have learned about … Continue reading

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More Wind Means More Whales

Sailboat racers, windsurfers and those of us who appreciate marine life in Northern California welcome our seasonal northwest winds, they can start as early as April but more typically in May. Their arrival signals the start of our ocean upwelling … Continue reading

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Brown pelican- the original smart bomb

If you can remember back to the Gulf War, TV news showed us footage from nose cameras on the first generation smart bombs as they homed in and hit their targets. It is interesting to note we no longer are … Continue reading

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