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GPS tracking of Brown Pelican in the northern Gulf of Mexico (2013-2016) - Reference data


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Juliet S. Lamb, Yvan G. Satgé, and Patrick G.R. Jodice, 2017, Brown pelican data from Lamb et al. (2017),,


This dataset comprises reference data for each individual bird included in Lamb et al. (2017). Reference data include, but are not limited to, colony name, nest coordinates, nest content, culmen size, tag manufacturer, etc. Funding for this study was provided by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and U.S. Geological Survey (Interagency Agreement no. M12PG00014). The Eastern Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) is a large-bodied seabird that nests in colonies of 10 to upwards of 5,000 pairs, on nearshore barrier islands in subtropical and tropical North American waters. It breeds between March and August, laying 2–3 eggs and raising 1–2 chicks per year. The species is facultatively migratory during nonbreeding, with [...]


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Juliet S. Lamb, Yvan G. Satgé, Patrick G.R. Jodice
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“S. Desaivre, 2013. Brown pelican nesting on Shamrock Island, TX”
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This study focuses on obtaining information about populations of Eastern Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 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 and nest site characteristics to nestling survival and recruitment. We have deployed 93 remote-downloading GPS tags on adult pelicans in the northern Gulf: 25 tags in Florida, 5 in Alabama, 32 in Louisiana, and 31 in Texas. We have used tracking data to analyze preferred marine habitat characteristics and analyze individual and colony-wide variation in home ranges, habitat characteristics, and migratory patterns. This dataset only comprises data from Florida, Louisiana and Texas.


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.
S. Desaivre, 2013. Brown pelican nesting on Shamrock Island, TX
S. Desaivre, 2013. Brown pelican nesting on Shamrock Island, TX



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