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Spatial and physiological ecology of Brown Pelican in the Gulf of Mexico

Data on movement, reproductive biology, and physiology of Brown Pelican in the Gulf of Mexico (BOEM-USGS M12PG00014)


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Funding for this study was provided by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and U.S. Geological Survey (Interagency Agreement no. M12PG00014). This study focuses on obtaining information about populations of Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Study objectives are to (1) document dispersal, seasonal and annual movements, seasonal home range, and site fidelity of marked adult Brown Pelicans among nesting colonies from the Gulf coast, (2) compare contaminant exposure risk, contaminant levels, and health parameters in adult and nestling Brown Pelicans from various colony sites, and (3) document the relationship of local environmental, nest site characteristics and stress to nestling [...]

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Eastern Brown Pelican GPS tracking, Gulf of Mexico 2013-2016_pelican photo.JPG
“J. Lamb (2014) Brown pelicans nesting on Chester Island, TX”
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The study addresses information gaps relative to Brown Pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico and provides baseline ecological information. In particular, limited information is known regarding foraging behavior for this species and the general ecology of Brown Pelicans in the northern Gulf of Mexico is also poorly understood. The project is intended to address data gaps for management agencies as it pertains to development of additional oil and gas projects in the Gulf.


The authors of these data require that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata, and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
J. Lamb (2014) Brown pelicans nesting on Chester Island, TX
J. Lamb (2014) Brown pelicans nesting on Chester Island, TX


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