Florida, Know Your Birds: The White Pelican

The white pelican is an frequent visitor to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. This bird, which can have a 9-foot wingspan, comes to the refuge to feed and fuel up during the winter for its yearly migration. The white pelican migrates north toward Canada during the summer months. You won’t see the large white pelican diving into the water. Groups of white pelicans work together to herd fish and scoop them up with their distinctive beak.

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