Oil spill funds aid Louisiana rookery

Brown pelicans congregate on a containment boom put in place around Queen Bess Island following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. ©Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall/ U.S. Coast Guard

Cleanup funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are rebuilding a pelican rookery on a barrier island off the Louisiana coast. Queen Bess Island supports the state’s third-largest brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) colony, but it was heavily affected by oil after the disaster. Plans call for restoring 30 acres for pelicans and 7 acres for terns and skimmers.

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