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Pelicans in Tucson

Brown pelicans appear in Tucson during the monsoon season.   The pelicans are swept into Tucson by high winds. These birds are an endangered species.
A lot of the pelicans found in Tucson are injured.  The pelicans get injured when they dive into mirages, mistaking the shimmering images for water. 
When a lost pelican is found, it is taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.  After that the bird is sent to Sea World in San Diego.
Pelicans are big birds.  They grow to four feet long, weigh up to 9 pounds, and have long bills and a wingspan of 7½ feet.
 
For Help Call:
Tucson Wildlife Center, 24 hours a day Telephone: (520) 290-WILD (290-9453)
Arizona Department of Game and Fish. Telephone: (520) 628-5376 or the department's Tucson-area rehabilitation office, Telephone: (520) 903-1104.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum help line, Telephone: (520) 883-1380, Ext. 313.
 
If you find a pelican:
Don't touch it. 
You can spray it with water to keep it cool.
Stay away from the bird to avoid injuries from the pelican’s sharp beak.
Keep pets on a leash so they do not harm the bird.

Sources:
“8 young pelicans treated here after they dive into ground.” Arizona Daily Star. July, 8, 2004. Page A4.
"Look what the wind blew in." Tucson Citizen.  July 12, 2005. Page A2. 
"Monsoon-directed pelicans need water, transportation to ocean." Arizona Daily Star. July 19, 2006. Page B1.                  
"Pelicans' arrival might herald monsoon." Arizona Daily Star.   July 12, 2005. Page B6.                   
 
 
 

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Last Update: 12-14-2010 5:50pm

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