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Pelican Silhouettes

Jo Nijenhuis

Hoorn, Netherlands

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Camera Canon EOS 350D, Sigma Lens 139mm, 1/320 sec, ISO-400
Pelican Sunset at the Salton Sea, California, USA
The Salton Sea has been termed a “crown jewel of avian biodiversity” (Dr. Milt Friend, Salton Sea Science Office). Over 400 species have been documented at the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea supports 30% of the remaining population of the American White Pelican. The Salton Sea is also a major resting stop on the Pacific Flyway.
The sea’s rising salinity threatens to eliminate the habitat value for fish-eating birds, such as pelicans. Without restoration actions, the sea will also eventually fail to support the microorganisms necessary to support the many shorebirds that depend on the Salton Sea.


Pelicans Sunset at the Salton Sea, California, USA
The Salton Sea has been termed a “crown jewel of avian biodiversity” (Dr. Milt Friend, Salton Sea Science Office). Over 400 species have been documented at the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea supports 30% of the remaining population of the American White Pelican. The Salton Sea is also a major resting stop on the Pacific Flyway.
The sea’s rising salinity threatens to eliminate the habitat value for fish-eating birds, such as pelicans. Without restoration actions, the sea will also eventually fail to support the microorganisms necessary to support the many shorebirds that depend on the Salton Sea.

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