Avery Island Wildlife - pam-and-edmund-mcilhenny

Although Brown Pelicans have few natural enemies, they became endangered by other threats. In the late 1800's and early 1900's they were hunted (much like the Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, and Great Blue Herons) for their feathers, which adorned women's hats. In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt made Florida's Pelican Island the first national wildlife refuge, which helped protect the birds. In 1918, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed, which helped stop the illegal hunting.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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