Pelicans in Peril

Breeding numbers are up, but Brown Pelicans still face challenges

From Domoic Acid outbreaks to fishing line and tackle injuries to human cruelty, Brown and White Pelicans have overcome many obstacles in the last 200 years and now face addition conflicts with humans.

Life has not been easy since the California Brown Pelican was put on the State’s endangered list in 1971. While the number of breeding pairs continue to climb, the environment for these birds to really florish is impacted by overfishing and other environmental concerns.

Over the years, IBRRC has treated thousands of Pelicans at its two California bird centers. Thanks to contributions and foundation grants, our bird centers each have 100-foot pelican aviaries to help these majestic birds recuberate from injuries, sickness and stress.