Work begins to expand Louisiana pelican rookery

North Breton Island is an important rookery for brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis).
Credit: Tom MacKenzie/USFWS

Coastal restoration efforts have begun on an important island for pelicans and other seabirds in Louisiana. The project would more than double the size of North Breton Island, adding an additional 400 acres to the island in the Breton Sound. The project is funded largely with settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“This project will help Breton continue providing vital habitat for our vulnerable bird colonies for generations to come,” Leo Miranda-Castro, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s South-Atlantic Gulf and Mississippi Basin regional director, told nola.com.

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