I learned recently that our White American Pelicans who breed and nest on Gunnison Island are in big trouble. It's sad and heartbreaking!
Gunnison Island is a part of Great Salt Lake that is salty and there is no fish. Each day the adult Pelicans fly 30 miles east, especially to Bear River Migratory Bird refuge where there are plenty of fish. Then Pelicans return back to Gunnison Island to feed their young ones.
The Gunnison Island is in big trouble because over the years the Great Salt Lake is getting shallower and also some predators were allowed to get onto the island like coyotes.
The number of our White American Pelicans dropped significantly over the last years. Before there were 4000-5000 Pelicans were raised on the Gunnison Island, today the number of them reduced significantly, to 500.
The future looks so bleak for these incredible birds. Can we save our Pelicans?
If you wish to learn more about it and watch video you can visit the blog "Feathered Photography" that is written by Ron Dudley, the retired Biology and Zoology teacher and a fantastic bird photographer.