Welcome to Project Pelican's website
This scientific project was created to understand the ecology of Brown Pelicans in the northern Gulf of Mexico and to inform a better development of the oil and gas industry in the region.
Using satellite tracking, we are studying the movements of adults year round. We also use color bands to study the dispersal and survival of juveniles during the winter months.
Among the various tool that we use, plastic bands are very useful for obtaining information about migrations of juveniles after they leave the nests where they are born. Since the summer of 2014, we marked close to 800 young pelicans with green and blue plastic bands along the Gulf coast.
As we try to gather more information on this species' whereabouts, we are collecting observations of pelicans wearing plastic bands.
You can help us by reporting your observations.
Sept. 2019: We are retiring our band reporting webpage.
Our study of Brown pelicans is coming to an end and, unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to keep replying to every band reports (as we strove to do in the past). You can still report your observations directly to the Bird Banding Lab's website. Thanks for 6 great years of pelican-watching!
Our new article on the year-round habitat characteristics of Brown pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico is now published! Find it here...
You can now find our Twitter graphic novel on our Presentations page!
Our study on pelican diet in the northern Gulf is now published! Read more...
Don't have the patience to read the whole publication: find our twitter summary here!
Our article on the influence of density-dependent competition on foraging and migratory behavior of Brown pelicans is now freely available online! Read more...