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Delisted and in danger: Gulf oil spill threatens brown pelicans months after they are dropped from endangered species list

treated brown pelican released back into the wild

Images of oil-caked brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) have hit the front pages of countless U.S. newspapers and other media in the past week, driving home the still-growing impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. So far, dozens of pelicans have been transported to rescue centers for treatment. The number is only expected to rise [...]

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What is sickening and killing California’s brown pelicans?

brown pelican

Hundreds of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) have been found sick or dead off the California coast in the past month, the victims of a mysterious ailment that has scientists baffled. When found alive, the birds appear hungry and disoriented. But necropsies performed on dead pelicans found that they had been eating, so the casualties don’t [...]

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