Oil Spill Wildlife Spotlight: Brown Pelican
In a widely celebrated conservation victory, the Interior Department removed the brown pelican from the Endangered Species List in November. Now, the oil spill gushing millions of gallons of crude in the Gulf of Mexico might undermine its recovery.
If they pick up oil and are still able to fly, they might carry crude back to their nests, contaminating them. Or, they could eat—and feed to their young—fish tainted by the pollution.
The Fish and Wildlife Service will take all of those factors into account when it conducts its annual review of the bird’s status. Currently, the agency is not considering re-listing the brown pelican.
Click here to see a slide show of wading birds photographed by Rosalie Winard.