According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), American White Pelicans have been present in Wisconsin as migrants for centuries. There was an apparent downward trend in occurrence in the late 1800s and it wasn’t until the DNR’s analyses of observations published in the Passenger Pigeon during 1939–1994 and reported online at Wisconsin eBird during 1994–2012, the number of pelican occurrences started to increase notably in the 1980s and dramatically in the mid-1990s.
The American White Pelican seems to have made itself right at home in Northeast Wisconsin and there have been several recent sightings here in Algoma along the Lake Michigan shore.
The photos above were taken while strolling along the Crescent Beach Boardwalk on Friday afternoon, June 2, 2017. Where have you spotted the pelicans?