White Pelicans

Gene Kridler kridler at olypen.com
Wed Aug 4 15:26:10 PDT 2004


Back in ancient Babylonian days when I was the first refuge manager for McNary, Cold Springs and McKay Creek N.W.Refuges (1954-55),and going through my copies of refuge reports, I recorded 2 White Pelicans at McNary on Sept. 18, 1954.   Didn't see them after that date. 

On September 16, 1954 I observed 29 of these birds fishing at Cold Springs Creek N.W.Refuge. Numbers dropped to 3 by midOctober then dwindled down to none thereafter. Cold Springs N.W.Refuge is near Hermiston, Oregon and about 16 miles SW of the junction of the Walla Walla and Columbia Rivers.  

Gene Kridler
85 yr. old broken down wildlife biologist and administrator
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