Posted: Jun 23, 2010 8:34 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jun 23, 2010 8:35 PM
ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) - More than five dozen brown pelicans
rehabilitated from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been
released in Texas.
The 62 pelicans arrived on Coast Guard cargo planes Wednesday
and were taken to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge about 175
miles south of Houston. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
other groups released the pelicans and one northern gannet.
Wednesday's release was the largest to date since an offshore
oil rig exploded April 20.
Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Nancy Brown said the refuge was
chosen because it has the coastal habitat the pelicans need and was
already home to a population of brown pelicans.