Date: 7/29/20 8:05 am
From: Mark Bradtke <mabmrmc...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Shiawassee NWR question
Greetings from Saginaw County:

These articles from 2015 onward may be useful on the topic of American White Pelicans in the Great Lakes area:

https://greatlakesecho.org/2019/07/01/white-pelicans-extend-their-great-lakes-range-study-finds/

https://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/2015/07/see_pod_of_american_white_peli.html

http://www.saginawbaybirding.org/recent-bird-news---updated-43020/american-white-pelicans-nest-on-charity-islands

Mark Bradtke

> On Jul 29, 2020, at 5:10 AM, Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> wrote:
>
> They have been breeding on islands in Saginaw Bsy for the last couple of years at least....
>
> On Tue, Jul 28, 2020, 11:42 PM Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...> <mailto:<tallerpat526...>> wrote:
> We went to Shiawassee NWR Sunday. I would guess we saw around 100
> Amer. White Pelicans. And last year, we saw a similar number later in
> the season. I can recall some years back when there was great
> excitement about this species showing up anywhere in Michigan. So why
> are they hanging out in such numbers here now? A couple of good
> breeding years? The disappearance of old stop-over spots elsewhere?
> Pat Burden
> Melvin & Yale, MI
>
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