Why are so many pelicans turning up on beaches starving or dead this summer?

According to a July press release from International Bird Rescue, it is normal to see pelicans struggle to survive this time of year. Fedging in May, many young pelicans have trouble learning to feed themselves.  However, with the rebound success in the pelican population (along with a bumper breeding year) we are seeing many more starving birds than usual.  So while more pelicans are successfully breeding, we are also seeing more struggling pelicans, and rescue centers are getting overwhelmed. Read the press release here…

Below are some images of another recent pelican release at the slough.  Photos by Reserve Manager Dave Feliz.