Big Pelicans Spotted on Southern Illinois Lakes
T.J. Benson is an avian ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. He tells the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale that the birds on Crab Orchard Lake and Rend Lake are white pelicans.
Benson says they pass through Illinois twice a year travelling between summer homes in North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada and their winter habitat. He says the birds are hard to miss. They're huge with wing spans of almost 8 feet.
The pelicans may have gone unnoticed in the past but Benson says their population is getting larger for reasons that aren't clear.
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