Believe it or not, these once-scarce pouched birds are now appearing in ever growing numbers in Wisconsin.
That's right, the American White Pelican, a relation to the ocean-going brown pelican, gathers in small pockets of undisturbed habitat near the Upper Mississippi River, near Green Bay, around the Winneconne area and at Horicon Marsh. White pelicans outside of our state borders can be found along coastal waters in addition to the North American interior.
The American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is a very large (50"–70") white bird with black wing tips and a long, wide orange bill. It has a wing span of up to 110 inches and typically weigh about 7 kg (15.5 lb). It's binomial name combines Pelecanus, the Latin for pelican, with erythrorhynchos, derived from the Greek words erythros meaning red, and rhynchos meaning beak.
SOME WAYS TO LOG THIS CACHE
1. Perhaps post a photo of this watershed area (the water) and note the season and weather conditions in your log. And/or (if you do not have a camera).
This cache is designed to be an “Experience” cache. By doing some research or completing some tasks related to these caches, we hope that you learn something, have fun, and have some good memories about your caching experience.
2. Or note in your log any wildlife (animals, birds, etc.) you observe or hear during your visit in your log and maybe even the weather conditons.
Congrats to SAGASU for the FTF on 10/22/2008 and for a great log!