One Response to “Pelican Rescued At Little Corona Beach”
August 21st, 2012
Does anyone know a pelican rescue in Newport?
An officer picked the bird up from the beach about 12:21 p.m. Saturday, and Animal Control Officer Valerie Schomburg said in an email that she was taking the bird to the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach. She did not describe the bird’s injuries.
But earlier this month, many injured pelicans began appearing on Orange County beaches, often starving because warmer ocean water caused their food sources to swim deeper — sometimes too deep for birds to reach by diving.
Some pelicans were getting tangled in fishing lines or eating fish with hooks that caused injuries.
On July 16, Schomburg said she had taken 17 pelicans to the WWCC in just a few days. That weekend, the center had been so inundated with pelicans that they had a food shortage, and Newport Beach Animal Control officers helped find fish for the birds. Since then, calls about injured and sick pelicans have been steady, and rescues continue, Schomburg said.
Read our earlier story here.