It’s Rochelle again, still working with the Brown pelicans down in the Mobile Bay. We are currently waiting for tropical storm Cindy to move along so we can get back out to the islands, but despite the rain, we have been collecting lots of data since my last post! All our cameras are working away taking photos of the adult Brown Pelicans caring for their chicks, and our dataloggers have been steadily recording the temperature in the nest during the chicks’ development. The most exciting thing that has happened since my last blog post is that most our chicks have hatched and been steadily growing ever since! It has been great watching them develop from small and pink to large and downy, with more and more brown feathers growing in every day.
If you see one of our blue-banded pelican, you can report it directly on our website.
If you observe other birds with leg bands, you can send the code written on the band to the BBL. The BBL will ask you for the location of the sighting: you will then receive a certificate letting you know where and when the bird was banded; and the scientist who banded it, will receive news of your sighting! A real win-win situation!