AP: Drastic plunge in baby California pelicans — Zero born in multiple study areas — Expert: “The bottom dropped out”; From 1,000s to 10 or less, unknown why it’s occurring

Published: June 2nd, 2014 at 7:59 pm ET
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University of California (Davis), June 2, 2014: California brown pelicans’ breeding numbers are in drastic decline this year [which] could indicate that an El Niño event could occur sooner than expected, or that other factors are imperiling the once-endangered species. The search for food — mostly anchovies, sardines, and other small, schooling fishes — resulted in thousands of brown pelicans flocking to food hot spots along the southern California coast and as far north as Washington this May, about six weeks earlier than expected. […] The survey [was] completed in late May […] The scientists found that this year, areas that typically host hundreds or thousands of nesting pairs held only a few hundred at most, and in some cases zero nesting pairs. Low breeding numbers are often associated with El Niño conditions, which bring warmer waters to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. However, this year, the pelicans began showing signs of trouble well ahead of this summer, when El Niño was predicted to begin. Anderson is not sure why this is occurring […] This spring, when the birds arrived at breeding colonies at all, many arrived late. Of those who nested, many abandoned their nests when they could not find enough food to sustain their stay.

Associated Press, June 2, 2014: Calif. brown pelican breeding population plunges […] The survey in Mexico’s Gulf of California — where about 90 percent of the pelicans typically breed and raise their chicks — found that areas that typically host hundreds or thousands of nesting pairs held far fewer, and a few places were completely empty, the [UC Davis] statement said. […] Last fall, scientists said they were concerned that a crash in the West Coast population of sardines might also be starving the brown pelicans.

Survey Findings: At Angel de la Guarda, there were 120 nesting pairs and zero young in 2014, which is less than 2 percent of the past four years’ average [In 2006 there were] 3,905 young on the island. At Isla San Luis, there were 465 nesting pairs producing 16 young in 2014, compared with 5,400 nesting pairs and 5,940 young in 2006. At Isla Piojo, there were 70 nesting pairs and zero young in 2014 […] compared with 600 nesting pairs and 660 young in 2006.

UC Davis professor emeritus and wildlife biologist Dan Anderson, who monitored brown pelicans for the past 46 years: “That’s what we call a failure, a bust. The bottom dropped out. […] Populations do decline somewhat during El Niño years, but not nearly as drastically as what we saw widespread this year. During most El Niño events we’ve seen, numbers of nesting attempts drop by at least half to two-thirds, and production goes down, too. But it drops from thousands to hundreds, not to 10 or less.”

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Published: June 2nd, 2014 at 7:59 pm ET
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92 comments to AP: Drastic plunge in baby California pelicans — Zero born in multiple study areas — Expert: “The bottom dropped out”; From 1,000s to 10 or less, unknown why it’s occurring

  • Ontological Ontological

    Unknown as to how much was paid to shut people up more like it. It is called TESTING we pay you 'expert' idiots to do…SO DO IT! Oh no profits in the truth, I see, but do NOT understand!

  • OldFool

    Somebody should really test those egg shells for Sr-90 and test the meat for Cs-137. The bio-concentration factor is probably about 3000X for Cs-137, and 3400X for meat and 63,000X for bone for Sr-90, and the pelicans eat the entire fish.

    • OldFool

      This is based on the Savannah River experiments and measurements published some time ago.

  • dunkilo

    went to a couple of west coast beach cams.30 mins…3 web cams…1 seagull observed .Have anybody else seen this?First hand?

    • Ontological Ontological

      I have been pushing for people to go see the web cams for a month. Mainly for the pink in the sky from Cesium, but I see basically NO birds…Yep…

    • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

      dunkilo, i live on the edge of a protected wetland in north san diego county. 10 years ago this area was filled with birds and insects, fish etc. 2 years ago i came face to bill with a 5 ft huron walking down the sidewalk, must have had a 6ft wingspan (my guess, it was BIG). for the past two years ive watched the bird population decline, especially the bigger birds. now sadly, i ask anyone i am with to try to find "a" bird when we go past the lagoon. i am coastal california about 35 miles north of san diego. wetlands reach to the pacific, about 1/2 from where i live. the foliage is all dead or dying. far more than "drout" conditions. it disturbs me and breaks my heart to see this, as well as the lack of interest from "natives".

      • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

        pink haze skys in the daylight, orangeish pink clouds or halos at night is the new norm here

        • Down The River Down The River

          sayonara kitty

          I'm seeing those colors and halos a lot in Southern Washington.

          Was kind of hoping it's my imagination.

          • Down The River Down The River

            Been reading this site for a while. Sounds like these may be signatures for what’s in the atmosphere.

            Do I have that right?

    • mt1000

      I saw a bird twice this week on the JNN cam … it flew close to the camera in a blur.
      JNN has sound (when it's working) and you sometimes hear birds. But it is not constant like in the earlier days.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Pelicans ..taking it hard ..off the coast of California and the Gulf.

    BP oil spill choked off important pelican nesting sites on Louisiana coast
    April 11 2014

    http://thelensnola.org/2014/04/11/bp-oil-spill-choked-off-important-pelican-nesting-sites/

    Awful..

  • dunkilo

    Dr. Ben Carson ,whats his take on nuclear?

  • MochiMadness

    There may not be any type of bioaccumulation. When we irradiate people, we shield their gonads, thyroids, etc. with lead vests. The mutations at the cellular level is the problem.

    There probably is no evidence whatsoever of any type of isotope–it's just genetic damage. Sterility, mutation, malformation—the DNA isn't coding properly for "shells" and "babies". It's coding for "jelly"…if it's coding at all. The ability to produce viable eggs and sperm is probably non-existent. The birds are, in all likelihood, just as most other surviving creatures, sterile.

    The scientists understand this. Quite well. I understand how frustrating it is that "making" them understand seems impossible. The thing is–and I've said this before and gotten royally flamed for it—they know it's hopeless, as pretty much anyone with half an iota of sense can figure–so there is no urgency to "understand" or "explain" or "study". So, the answer is…radiation causes sterility and death. Ok. Knew that. Now what do we do? Filter the ocean?

    I have absolutely zero answers. Relocating them will not change that they are probably sterile. We could clone some things, but genetic variability will be gone and where to put them now that the ocean is poisoned? This is beyond mind numbingly sad.

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      nice rant, MochiMadness. And hesitate say'n what you want. Better proven wrong in the end, than silent 'cause you fear to offend…

    • Mochi – great post, I couldn't have said it better. Some people seem to hear only what fits into their world view.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Yeah, we need to start a "support the brown pelicans" campaign. Send your donations so we can buy lead underwear for those underprivileged guys. I hope it goes better than the starfish thing. It was hard to get the starfish to wear those lead underwear. Pelicans may fare better.

      Sorry, but I am so down on mankind, which is so myopic and self-centered, lately. . Usually aggravated by El Nino, but it's really come early this century.

  • slayer454 slayer454

    Fukushima facts and how to protect yourself

    http://chemtrailreport.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=868

  • johnnyo

    …..
    when last pelican
    bids adieu esteemed egg heads
    may stil be perplexed

  • Crickets Crickets

    They always say the are not sure about the cause. How about taking a freakin' stab in the dark and then announcing it to the world, cowards! El Nino, El Shmino…

    • Crickets Crickets

      Oh well, most people don't seem to care anyway. As long as they can drive their cars and go shopping, everything is fine. No worries. If they must, they can always get their fix of wild nature on T.V. when they return from a long day at the mall.

  • Jebus Jebus

    I have heard the phrase "tip it good" lately.

    Well, it's tipped, not good though.

    And are we only seeing the tip, of the iceberg?

    If the Ocean truly has suffered irreparable harm from this, then it's a show stopper.

    Can anyone see how a dead Pacific basin can be mitigated?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    No, sorry. 🙁

  • norbu norbu

    "unknown why it’s occurring" ??????? Really???? Let me help you spell it FUKUSHIMA RADIATION. Wake Up!
    N

  • Sol Man

    There are no words to describe the depths of this grief.

    Money and prestige mean nothing, as what was always needed was love for our children and our shared home to guide our actions. These has been absent as the ponzi games and tax-avoiding corporations have been set up by the savvy.

    • norbu norbu

      I agree with you brother. The grief runs very deep, on a cellular level, our DNA is crying out for help……SOS..SOS…
      N

  • dunkilo

    human reproduction next ?Bio-accumulation .Being radiated all our lives .The evil one's slow cookin' crock pot…stewing flesh and steel alike…..We reap what we sew

  • charlie3

    I really liked the pelicans, even when they used to steal the fish I caught from my bait bucket.

  • w

    Hay, my reading from various source of effects of El Nino didn't have any records indicating the breading failure of marine birds of any kind! no where! There were only some scattered records of less than normal fishery around the onset of El Nino's. Scientific awakening of El Nino didn't happen until the 70s. No in-depth research have been done on El Nino's effect on marine life by any known institution or individuals, let alone duplicated studies or even peer reviewed.

  • w

    The problem with this site's post is one can not get an easy, quick feedback from the many readers.

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      It will become easier to you the more you are here
      Helpful hints
      Comment sidebar
      Comment archives

      • clamshellernh clamshellernh

        Oops you can use the search tool but I am not as familiar as some of the others here that can pull up historical history that has been discussed here
        Vanne comes to mind on that

  • w

    >90% "Pelicans Breading Failure n El Nino Connection" is a lie!"

  • w

    Look HOW they manipulated the information! Looks like they ProfessorED his reputation to the "failure of El Nino" "Dan Anderson, who monitored brown pelicans for the past 46 years…"WOW

    Daniel G. Anderson: Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science Ph.D. 1997, University of California at Davis
    Koch Research Areas of Focus:
    Nano-based Drugs, Cancer Immunology
    or nanoparticulate and microparticulate drug delivery, non-viral gene therapy, siRNA delivery,

    UC Davis professor emeritus and wildlife biologist Dan Anderson, who monitored brown pelicans for the past 46 years: “That’s what we call a failure, a bust. The bottom dropped out. […] Populations do decline somewhat during El Niño years, but not nearly as drastically as what we saw widespread this year. During most El Niño events we’ve seen, numbers of nesting attempts drop by at least half to two-thirds, and production goes down, too. But it drops from thousands to hundreds, not to 10 or less.”

  • w

    Daniel G. Anderson: Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science Ph.D. 1997, University of California at Davis
    Koch Research Areas of Focus:
    Nano-based Drugs, Cancer Immunology

    His real academic achievements!

  • mutante mutante

    Fuck 'me all!

  • mutante mutante

    Fuck ''em all — stupid apple spell Check too!!

  • jec jec

    What would or could make a real record is to use a "birdier " form to LOG bird occurances. Lots of groups have them, one even sends to Cornell University as part of an electronic volunteer system, or ebird. So to make a difference, consider documentation over a period of time. Get others in your area to do the same(kids? schools?). Forms for documenting are found by SeaBC, a sea bird census, https://www.facebook.com/groups/BirdingAboard/
    Information is at:
    http://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/blog/2013/10/23/boating-citizen-scientists-gather-valuable-data-seabirds/

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      There are many groups that the public can be a participant in such as butterflies and birds in every area across the country . I belong to a few myself now that this has happened to monitor any changes , so far I have not seen any in the north east anyways and I'm working on a write up to ask for that without upsetting those involved . Very delicate indeed

  • Nick

    (fake)

    Today it was reported that climate change had effected pelicans.

    Now are you scared? Get ready for a nasty El Nino.!!

    All of us need to embrace more nuclear energy, cause it's carbon that's the enemy. Right?

    (real)

    Today, the world woke up to the frightening possibility that the nightmare from Fukushima is getting worse, way worse, and pelicans are failing to breed.

    Are we next?

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Pelicans eat El Ninos. A possible decline in the pelican population is why our founding fathers insisted on the right to bear arms against the evil El Ninos.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, we humans are/will be next.. 🙁

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    Here is another sad story! I can't understand why no one is saying the word – RADIATION!!!

    http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-change

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Gee, I guess they can't blame it on El Nino, then. I guess they are really depressed about that.

    Probably just the axis of evil or something. Pelicans fly around and eat fish, don't they? Big ol' fish. Stupid pelicans don't read Enenews. They should have switched to a vegan diet and bottled water.

  • GQR2

    Nothing to see here folks 10's of thousands of birds die simultaneously on both coasts all the time!

  • rogerthat

    On March 18, 2011,
    Dr Dave DeSante, founder of the Institute for Bird Population in Point Reyes, California, was interviewed by EON:
    It's a 29 minute video on YouTube, called Fukushima Fallout Lessons From Chernobyl.
    It is as relevant today as it was three years ago, and all those who missed it on ENEnews at the time should watch it now.

    • rogerthat

      …the youtube counter shows this Dave DeSante video has been looked at only 12030 times. Please have a look, and hang in there for his wider message because it's simple and it's something every person should hear. It's also quite a lot of fun, in its open, honest, sensible, carefree way.

      • GQR2

        Rogerthat,Rogerthat 🙂 Here is a link for convenience sake
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hcBGSr9QGk

        • rogerthat

          thank you kind sir. i am too much of a dimwit on computers to know how to do that, but will try to do better lol. i would absolutely love to see what he has to say now, after more than three years, but at a glance there's nothing further out there on the net

          • Down The River Down The River

            rogerthat rogerthat

            I'm kind of a dimwit on computers too. Glad to know I have company!

            To post a link, I just copy the address bar of the desired page and paste it in the reply box.

            Hope that helps

            There may be a better way

  • GQR2

    The birds are all but gone on the California Coast webcams

    http://www.earthcam.com/usa/california/laguna/index.php?cam=vskimboardstcl

    http://hbcams.com/live/pier-north.html

    livefrom link has a drop down menu where the SB Harbor can be viewed. Fish catches are delivered there. In three yrs the Pelicans have all but disappeared. very very few.
    http://www.livefrom.com/SBYacht/index.htm

  • rogerthat

    … how's that for a plug, ha ha

  • w

    A reply from "Prof Dan Anderson of UC Davis":

    Not me
    Sent from my iPhone
    On Jun 3, 2014, at 9:40 AM, "William Zhangsun" <igrandunifier@gmail.com> wrote:

    Dr. Anderson: I’d like to know if we have a mistaken of personal I D here?
    Daniel G. Anderson: Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science Ph.D. 1997, University of California at Davis
    Koch Research Areas of Focus:
    Nano-based Drugs, Cancer Immunology

    "UC Davis professor emeritus and wildlife biologist Dan Anderson, who monitored brown pelicans for the past 46 years: “That’s what we call a failure, a bust. The bottom dropped out. […] Populations do decline somewhat during El Niño years, but not nearly as drastically as what we saw widespread this year. During most El Niño events we’ve seen, numbers of nesting attempts drop by at least half to two-thirds, and production goes down, too. But it drops from thousands to…..”

    Are you?…A curious truth seeker..

  • w

    I email the question to Dr. Dan Anderson who's working at Koch Research Nano-based Drug.

  • Sol Man

    Consider this: only 59 comments so far! Hey, RADIATION FOR ALL!, no big deal! What really must be done, though, is tending to the fabulous frauds that have been pepetrated on all!
    Too bad about all of the genomes.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Agreed
    Surprised no one is interested.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    ばかやろ

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    No did you get my Jspanese?

    • Sol Man

      Who, me? No, weego, I didn't.

      • Shaker1

        Sorry, I didn't get the Japanese either, weegokibri.

        But as for your wondering of interest, if those who may be are anything like myself, I can't think of anything to say regarding a post like this that isn't the damnation that has been posted here over and over and over again.

        Here's an excerpt of a letter I wrote to a friend just after the 'accident':

        "But above it all, I try not to let frustration overwhelm me, and it may not in this instance. But beyond my empathy for living things, I find the assumed strategy can, and does, simply to mute and stun me. I find it very frustrating, both the situation and the strategy. While I may be able to mitigate the frustration (though, to me, in a back-handed method), it is not really a good method for handling frustration well. You may know, if you think about it, how poorly I handle frustration."

        3+ years and I'll admit that I'm still stunned and frustrated and I've little to offer to a post such as this but those damning comments that may be self-satisfying but that back-handed method for dealing with the situation. It's like a dog chasing its tail. Even the dog eventually gets tired, while none-the-less aware of the itch.

        • weegokiburi weegokiburi

          I've had that frustration too.
          Then I took it out on visitirs
          But thAts not good.
          We need.
          Some one commented about that
          Can't remember who but I agreed.
          You get so defensive About trolls. Shoals and goats.
          That got me thinking.
          Still love football though.
          Looking forward to World Cup.

    • weegokiburi weegokiburi

      Sorry
      Meant for Bo

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    For as long as I can remember, we have had a group of swallows that return every year here in Oregon to nest.

    This year, very few returned & the ones that did NEVER bothered to nest. ZERO!

  • GQR2

    The absence is nothing short of stunning. Looking at all the webcams, there are just none.
    Maybe one or a few now and then but that is even stretching it. i just tried to write a poem and am too stunned. Words fail.

  • Nick

    http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/webcams.jsp

    What happens when people start to realize that birds are disappearing?

    Will most just shrug and say C'est L Vie or WTF?

  • rakingmuck

    Hey Nick! It's a lot more than birds as you know.Warning: Disturbing figures http://english.pravda.ru/science/earth/01-06-2014/127699-planet_dying-0/

  • Monarch Butterfly Die Off; Radiation And GMO Promoting Monsanto Pesticide Roundup; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2014/06/monarch-butterfly-die-off-radiation-and.html