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American white Pelican banding

This colony of American White pelicans is located on Lake Butte des Morts. We have been given permission by the Butte des Morts Conservation Club to access the islands.
The first banding day was May 31, 2008. This is an ongoing project.


We checked on the islands on June 14,2008 because of all the heavy rains the past weeks. We did not access any of the islands for fear of making the problem worse. There is a great sadness on all of the islands. Many young and adults birds did not survive.

The June 14 photos start on page two.

******UPDATE JUNE 20,2008****** THE FEATHER REHAB CENTER WAS NOTIFIED BY THE WISCONSIN DNR TO CEASE BANDING PELICANS ON TERRELL'S ISLAND.



**copyright 2008 fisher**
Viewing the island from the boat.
Viewing the island from the boat.
A closer look.
A closer look.
Not to concerned with our presence.
Not to concerned with our presence.
Sharing the good life.
Sharing the good life.
Up to a 9 foot wing span.
Up to a 9 foot wing span.
Riding high.
Riding high.
To close to snap the whole bird
To close to snap the whole bird
Some egrets were in the trees.
Some egrets were in the trees.
Breeding birds have a growth on their bill, black head feathers and some have a white tuff on the back of the head.
Breeding birds have a growth on their bill, black head feathers and some have a white tuff on the back of the head.
This shows the black feathers on the head
This shows the black feathers on the head
Some nests were eggs.........................
Some nests were eggs.........................
Some nests were one chick and one egg.................
Some nests were one chick and one egg.................
Some nests were two chicks...........................not ready to band tho.
Some nests were two chicks...........................not ready to band tho.
And some nests had two well grown chicks in them.
And some nests had two well grown chicks in them.
Common tern
Common tern
Part of the banding team
Part of the banding team
On the way to the birds.
On the way to the birds.
The pod gathering.
The pod gathering.
Mike and Don banding the first bird.
Mike and Don banding the first bird.
Chuck Petters releasing a banded chick back into the pod
Chuck Petters releasing a banded chick back into the pod
The leader of the pack.
The leader of the pack.
Pod, nests and eggs.
Pod, nests and eggs.
June 14, 2008..
June 14, 2008..
Some of the smaller chicks that are still on dry land.
Some of the smaller chicks that are still on dry land.
Hen is still on the nest.
Hen is still on the nest.
Till the end
Till the end
Hanging together
Hanging together
Coromants nest with young
Coromants nest with young
Lone chick on nest
Lone chick on nest
Pair of cattle egrets
Pair of cattle egrets
Cattle egret
Cattle egret
Cattle egret nest
Cattle egret nest
crowding on rock wall.
crowding on rock wall.
Great egret on branch
Great egret on branch
Great egret.
Great egret.
Herring gulls
Herring gulls
Tern at boat landing
Tern at boat landing