Monterey Bay Sees Pelican Die-Off
July 10, 2012
Reports of dead and dying young pelicans along Monterey Bay shores are spiking this week. One Weekly reader called to say she'd delivered an ailing pelican to the local SPCA; another sent in a photo of a listless pelican at the water's edge.
Experts say the deaths are probably evidence of a pelican population rebound coupled with a food shortage. The International Bird Rescue Research Center is currently caring for 80 brown peilcans, and has taken in an unusually high number of pelicans in recent years. A pelican die-off in 2010 also kept wildlife volunteers busy.
People who come across listless pelicans are encouraged to leave them alone, and contact one of the following:
WildRescue in Moss Landing (866-WILD-911)
SPCA in Salinas (373-2631)
Native Animal Rescue in Santa Cruz (462-0726)
International Bird Rescue Research Center in the S.F. Bay Area (707) 207-0380 ext. 11).