Rescued From Snow, Recovered White Pelican Steps into Spring

American White Pelican released at Marathon’s Martinez Renewable Fuels wetlands in Martinez, CA. Photo by Cheryl Reynolds–International Bird Rescue

We are happy to report the American White Pelican previously found in snowy South Lake Tahoe, California was successfully returned to his natural habitat. He was released after two weeks in care, at Marathon’s Martinez Renewable Fuels wetlands in Martinez, CA on March 15.

Earlier in March, the White Pelican got off course and into unfamiliar territory: the winter wonderland where witnesses say he hit a power line. These pelicans generally inhabit inland shallow freshwater lakes and marshes in the summer and coastal lagoons in the winter. This White Pelican may have been on his way to Lake Pyramid breeding ground in Nevada east of Lake Tahoe.

When wild birds are found in unusual locations, it’s a sign they need help. Thanks to the individuals who recognized this urgency and quickly took action, this pelican was saved from potentially dire consequences.

We’d like to thank our friends/community partner at Marathon at the Martinez Renewable Fuels Facility for supporting our work and making second chances for these waterbirds possible.

JD Bergeron, CEO of International Bird Rescue (middle) with Nichol Carranza and team Marathon Renewable Fuels releasing the White Pelican. Photo by Byron Mack
American White Pelican heads back to warmer space. Photo by Cheryl Reynolds–International Bird Rescue
Finding a warmer climate: American White Pelican back in the wild in Martinez, CA. Photo by Cheryl Reynolds–International Bird Rescue