Local Wildlife Care Center releases rehabilitated pelicans at Aliso Beach

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Photos courtesy of @SoLagLocal (Greg Viviani)

On Monday, June 17, The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center (WWCC) released approximately 10 brown pelicans, fully recovered from a recent mass-stranding event, to take flight back into the wild, marking a significant milestone in their journey to recovery

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Since April 2024, the WWCC has been on the front lines of a rescue operation, admitting a staggering 217 brown pelicans suffering from starvation

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The exact cause of this mass stranding is still under investigation, but what’s clear is that these birds were found in dire conditions – severely emaciated, dehydrated and infested with parasites. Thanks to the diligent efforts of volunteers and staff, coupled with generous donations from the public, most of these pelicans have been nursed back to health.

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The pelicans scheduled for release have been federally banded with aluminum USGS bands for tracking purposes, contributing valuable data to conservation efforts

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However, the work of WWCC is far from over. With 76 pelican patients still under their care, ongoing support from the community is vital to sustaining their mission.

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Donations can be made through the WWCC’s website at www.wwccoc.org


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