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This is the second of five episodes. You can watch and download the others here: https://soundimage.org/dunes-island/
When Mouth accompanies Dune on her pelican assessment, she discovers that these amazing (and important) birds are as beautiful in flight as they are comical on land...to say nothing of their incredible "dive-bomber" fishing techniques!
But life for pelicans is harder than it seems, and Mouth learns how we can all do our part to help them thrive and survive in their coastal habitat.
LEARNING CONCEPTS IN THIS EPISODE:
-Science Centers, like the Marine Science Center, need to be maintained…like cleaning tanks, cages, etc. This is like doing chores at home.
-Scientists monitor bird populations.
-Pelicans (and other birds) often nest on mangrove islands in rivers and lagoons.
-Scientists take care to keep a distance from nesting areas.
-Getting too close to nesting areas can scare away the parents causing them to abandon their chicks.
-Pelicans sometimes hang around fishing piers.
-Brown Pelicans are the smallest of all pelican species.
-Pelicans have stubby legs because they don’t wade for food.
-Great Egrets use their long legs to wade through water to find food.
-Adult and juvenile pelicans can be identified by their coloration.
-How pelicans keep cool.
-Pelican chick identification.
-Cormorant and Great Blue Egret identification.
-A nesting island is like an apartment house for birds.
-Mangrove branches offer pelicans protection.
-Discarded fishing line can trap pelicans in mangrove branches, causing them to starve.
-How pelicans use air currents to conserve energy.
-How pelicans get caught in fishing line from fishermen.
-How to determine wind direction from watching pelicans fly.
-Pelican “dive-bomber” fishing techniques.
-Snowy Egret identification.
-Why pelicans are an important indicator species.
-Wildlife Rangers protect nesting islands.