Thursday, December 10, 2015

American White Pelican

During our 30 November stroll at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge’s Bass Ponds, Erika and I spied an American White Pelican. These pelicans winter where the minimum January temperatures stays above 9 degrees Fahrenheit (Knopf and Evans 2004). That statisitic rules out wintering in Minnesota. Due to a mangled wing, the bird had not migrated south. White pelicans winter from California and the Gulf States, south through Mexico. We gave local wildlife rehabilitators directions to the bird. Due to logistical constraints, the bird remains unrescued.

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