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Attention birders along the MISSISSIPPI RIVER:

Below please find information on how to report patagial tagged AMERICAN
WHITE PELICANS,
first reported in the "Ornithological" Newsletter, then forwarded to the
IOWA listserve where I got the info.

Notice as it appeared in Ornithological Newsletter......

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REPORT SIGHTINGS OF COLOR-MARKED AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS:
Biologists in Minnesota continue to collect observational data on movement
and distribution of color-marked American White Pelicans captured on the
nesting grounds of western Minnesota. Each year since 1999, we have placed
pink patagial markers on the left wing of about 250 flightless young white
pelicans. This work has been done in conjunction with Jeff DiMatteo
(MNDNR) who is continuing the banding efforts of the late Dr. Al Grewe of
St. Cloud (MN) State University who banded more than 40,000 pelicans over
the
past 20+ years in the Lac Qui Parle County MN. A total of 995 young birds
has been tagged since 1999. Tags are large, pink cattle ear tags with black
numbers 001 - 997 ; they can appear to be red in color from a distance. Up
to 1500 White Pelicans have been summering along the Mississippi River on
the MN, WI, IA and IL borders since the mid-1900's. No Nesting had been
observed on the River but possibilities are there.
Thus far, the color-marked birds have been sighted in MN, IA, OK, TX, FL
and Mexico. Please send your observations, including date, time, tag number,
location, behavior and condition to:  Eric Nelson, refuge biologist, Upper
Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, 51 East 4th Street,
Room 101, Winona, MN 55987. Tele 507/494-6234. Fax 507/452-0851.
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

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PLEASE, do not report these sightings to me, but to Mr. Nelson directly. :-)
Many thanks in advance.


Charlene Malone
Chesterfield, MO
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P.S. Did anyone notice patagial tags on birds earlier in the season or even
on the pelicans that hung out at REDA over the summer?
Yes, the tags are big, BUT when birds are sleeping or folded up in some
other manner, the tags aren't always visible.

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