Last winter, pelicans were admitted to the hospital with fishing line entanglement, frost bit webs and wing injuries. One pelican was rescued by volunteers while seeking shelter in the Seaside Hallmark Resort pool during a snow storm with gale force winds.
These pelicans were successfully rehabilitated through the winter and held in large flight cages until this week, when good weather and food sources returned.
The Brown Pelican was removed from the federal endangered species list in 2009. Since 2007, the Wildlife Center of the North Coast has been compiling population counts and doing distribution research. Rehabilitated pelicans are released with a metal federal band and a white color band with black numbers.
The color band number can be read with binoculars or a scope and should be reported to the Center at (503) 338-0331.
Wildlife Center of the North Coast is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that cares for native wild birds and mammals on the Oregon coast and SW Washington. The Center operates entirely on public donations and is in need of volunteers.
For more information call the Center or visit their website at www.coastwildlife.org.