Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012 Host Corinne Frugoni interviews January Bill of Bird Ally X and Lucinda Abramson from the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center about the profession of Wildlife Rehabilitation and their recent work rescuing local pelicans.

                

Pelicans are in peril on the north coast.  Once again Brown Pelicans are being threatened.  It appears that the birds are getting into fish waste bins or are being fed fish scraps. Used to eating small fish such as anchovies, the pelicans can’t swallow the large fish carcasses and get them caught in their gullets (see above photo).  The fish oil disrupts the feathers ability to maintain a waterproof barrier, allowing the pelicans to become wet and vulnerable to the cold.  Once the birds are wet they can become hypothermic and are unable to dive into the cold ocean for fish.  They ultimately die of hypothermia and starvation. Many dead pelicans have been found on area beaches and up to 200 fish oil contaminated birds have been rescued in the past 2 1 and brought to Bird Ally X at the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center where teams of volunteers attempt to treat and rehabilitate them.

 

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