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Pacific Brown Pelican Survey

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When: May 18, 2019 from 05:00 pm to 09:00 pm

The west coast Audubon network and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are partnering on a community science project conducting bi-annual Brown Pelican surveys. The spring 2018 count will be on Saturday, May 19.

Where: Eighteen sites along Oregon's Coast from Chetco Point on the south coast to to Fort Steven's on the north coast

Although the Brown Pelican was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2009, new threats are challenging this bird’s survival. In recent years this species has suffered huge nest failures on its breeding grounds off southern and Baja California, which is thought to be tied to declines in their main food source, forage fish (primarily anchovies). 

The goal of these surveys is to help us define the distribution and abundance of Brown Pelicans and track shifts in population structure to help us better protect this majestic bird. 

We ask volunteers to conduct the count for at least 1 hour during a 4-hour window ending at civil twilight (about 9pm) on May 18.

To learn more about this opportunity and learn how to survey the Pacific Brown Pelicans, visit the project's protocol

Partners: Audubon California, Audubon Washington, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Conservación de islas

If you are interested in participating please contact Joe Liebezeit at Audubon Society of Portland (jliebezeit@audubonportland.org).


Brown Pelican
Photo by Mick Thompson

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