Endangered Species

Brown Pelican
Artwork Medium: Scratchboard
Dimensions: 8″ x 10″

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis
Status: Least Concern

The Brown Pelican is a North American bird of the pelican family. The Brown Pelicans which migrate North in the Spring from nesting colonies off Southern California and Mexico spent several decades on the endangered species list because of exposure to DDT and other contaminants.

Their delisting in 2009 was a success story but concerns remain about the bird’s survival.

Chief among these is the availability of food. Anchovy and sardine sock, important sources of food for the Brown Pelican, have collapsed in portions of the birds’ range. This is a major concern and threat to the species.

The California Brown Pelican was removed from the Federal Endangered Species list in 2009 but remains on the Oregon state endangered species list and are considered a “priority” species by the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

Pacific Flyway/ Audubon
Ebird Northwest
Associated Press May 2018