The pelicans and cormorants are starving to death!
- In Neil Gilbert's report today (Saturday) on his search for the
Bar-tailed Godwit and his subsequent trip to Crystal Cove State Park, he
mentioned seeing 4 dead Brandt's Cormorants and 2 dead Brown Pelicans
washed up on the beach. I thought this was unusual and immediately
contacted Cheryl Egger who works at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care
Center in Huntington Beach and is always a good source of information
about such problems.
Cheryl reported that the cormorants and pelicans are starving to death
and the reason for this has not been officially determined yet. She
said there are over 50 birds at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center
right now and that every wildlife care center from Oregon on down is
flooded with hundreds of them; there are also reports of many dead
birds on the beaches. Pelicans and cormorants have been found behaving
unnaturally, such as approaching people.
Information about this problem can be found on the Wetlands and Wildlife
Care Center's website at <www.wwccoc.org>. She said the birds being
cared for are consuming 300 lbs. of fish a day! As you can imagine,
it's an expensive operation to care for starving Brown Pelicans and
cormorants and the center is in desperate need of financial help!
Information on how to donate can be found on their website at