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Credit: Linda & Dr. Dick Buscher
One of the timeless scenes for anyone lucky enough to be along the coastline of the Americas at sunset is of a flock of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) winging their way toward their nighttime roost. Breeding pairs of brown pelicans are found along the coastline from California to Chile on the Pacific coast and from Maryland to Venezuela on the Atlantic coast. After breeding, groups of brown pelicans will move as far north as Canada.