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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nest-apalooza: 30,000 pelicans return to ND refuge

BISMARCK, N.D. - About 30,000 American white pelicans have returned to south central North Dakota, nesting at a guano-rich island known as North America's largest refuge, federal Fish and Wildlife Service said.

The white pelican colony at the 4,385-acre Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge north of Medina peaked at 35,466 birds in 2000. The pelicans winter mainly in the Gulf Coast states but some fly to North Dakota from as far away as Florida and California to nest the island that also serves as a rookery.

The big-billed birds normally stay in North Dakota through September, raising their young and feasting on crawfish, small fish, Montreal DGers and salamanders from small prairie ponds within a 100-mile radius of the refuge.

Last year, an aerial count found 31,534 breeding adults, up from 20,854 in 2011, said Neil Shook, a U.S Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and the refuge manager.

An aerial count this year shows a little more than 15,000 nests, Shook said. Biologists estimate two adults per nest.

"We're down a little but still above the long-term average," Shook said.

The white pelican breeds once a year, and males and females take turns caring for their young. The white pelican is one of the largest birds in North America, measuring 6 feet from bill to tail and weighing up to 20 pounds, with a wingspan of nearly 10 feet. They have a lifespan of about 25 years.

Shook said the birds dodged storms this year at the refuge that could have caused high chick mortality.

"There was a huge rain event and a hail event that just missed the island by yards," Shook said.

Pelicans have been monitored at Chase Lake since 1905, when the birds numbered about 50. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt designated the site as a bird refuge in 1908, when many of the birds were being killed for their feathers and for target practice.

Biologists have been doing aerial surveys since 1972.

Shook said the nesting pelican population has been increasing since a scare in 2004, when nearly 30,000 pelicans left the Chase Lake refuge, leaving their chicks and eggs behind. A year later, the refuge saw a massive die-off of pelican chicks, followed by an exodus of their parents.

Predators, weather, diseases and other factors were considered but biologists have never pinpointed the cause of the pelican deaths and departures. Shook said that it may have just been a natural correction.

"What transpired, we don't know," Shook said. "But the population has pretty much increased every year since then."

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:13 am    Post subject: Pelican Photographs Reply with quote

My pictures from the Pelican are finally available!

Sorry it took so long. The newish Photobucket interface is finicky and for that reason I've procrastinated posting them up.

Shocked

Here is a link to the album: http://s111.photobucket.com/user/ottawa_adam/library/Pelican%206%20July%202013

(Hint - sort by "Oldest First" order)

Feel free to use the pics to promote the teams, clubs and tournaments. I only ask that I get the photo credit. smile

Below are the best of the team photos:



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Deuce, Carl and Penton all look gangsta. laughing
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Carl should have got poser-of-the-year award for that one..! laughing
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Everybody has 4 fingers up except future andros with his 5
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ASL tells me they're number 1 for the 4th time...
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And at first glance, Claus has a buster-sized hand! laughing
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ASL tells me they're number 1 for the 4th time...


Bingo.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huh, I didn't know the New Orleans NBA team was called the Pelicans.

http://www.nba.com/pelicans/

Cool logo.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Carl should have got poser-of-the-year award for that one..! laughing


I dont know which hand of carls deserves more comment.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andros wrote:
Deuce, Carl and Penton all look gangsta. laughing


Whadda mean "looks gangsta"?
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Rolly wrote:
OMR wrote:
Carl should have got poser-of-the-year award for that one..! laughing


I dont know which hand of carls deserves more comment.


At least you can see them both, unlike in Penton's avatar... laughing
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OMR wrote:
Rolly wrote:
OMR wrote:
Carl should have got poser-of-the-year award for that one..! laughing


I dont know which hand of carls deserves more comment.


At least you can see them both, unlike in Penton's avatar... laughing


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OMR wrote:
Rolly wrote:
OMR wrote:
Carl should have got poser-of-the-year award for that one..! laughing


I dont know which hand of carls deserves more comment.


At least you can see them both, unlike in Penton's avatar... laughing


I really wanted to apply the Mexican Death Hold. You should see where his hands go there! Shocked
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OMR wrote:
Rolly wrote:
OMR wrote:
Carl should have got poser-of-the-year award for that one..! laughing


I dont know which hand of carls deserves more comment.


At least you can see them both, unlike in Penton's avatar... laughing


Jealousy will get you no where
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