FILE – On this Could 31, 2005, file photograph, 1000’s of white pelicans and their nests are seen on two small islands in the course of Chase Lake Nationwide Wildlife Refuge, N.D. The variety of American white pelicans which have returned to North Dakota to nest at North America’s largest refuge is probably going down solely barely from final 12 months and nonetheless among the many highest on report, federal Fish and Wildlife Service stated. (AP Photograph/Will Kincaid, File) The Related Press
By JAMES MacPHERSON, Related Press
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says an aerial depend of American white pelicans nesting in North Dakota does not give a transparent image of the variety of the big-billed birds.
The nesting colony at Chase Lake Nationwide Wildlife Refuge is the biggest in North America. Performing Refuge Supervisor Drew Williams says an aerial survey final month was performed within the afternoon and counted solely 12,000 birds.
Williams says most grownup birds had been most likely feasting on fish and salamanders from lakes within the space when the photograph was taken.
Williams says biologists consider the variety of adults on the refuge might be down solely barely from final 12 months’s depend of 29,000 birds.
The pelicans usually arrive on the refuge north of Medina in early April and keep via September.
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