Have You Seen Me?

Green-banded (as well as blue-banded) pelicans are out there and we need your help in reporting them!  The green-banded birds are the Brown Pelicans that were brought to the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care and Education Center during the Refugio Oil Spill. They were subsequently washed, rehabilitated, and released. And we want to follow them as much as we can and find out how they do. This is where YOU come in! This information is very important for figuring out what happens to these pelicans after they are released. Where do they go? What do they do? Do they survive? Do they breed successfully? These are just some of the questions that we would like to answer. There are very few studies out there that have successfully followed animals after an oil spill. And yet this type of information is crucial for helping determine the best care of oiled animals.

Refugio Spill pelican with a green band. (Photo by Mike Harris).

Refugio Spill pelican with a green band. (Photo by Mike Harris).

So if you see a pelican wearing some green jewelry (see picture), please report it here.

International Bird Rescue also bands pelicans that go through rehabilitation, but they band them with blue bands. If you see a pelican with a blue band, please report it here.

By reporting pelicans with colored bands, you will be contributing to expand the body of knowledge of what happens to animals after they are released.

Thank you in advance!

Kyra.

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