Don’t Call it a Comeback!

They’ve been here for years…Okay, it’s a comeback. But it’s a comeback with a cautionary note. Despite yesterday’s great news about the brown pelican being removed from the endangered species list, we can’t really call the species saved. Without a serious commitment both to coastal restoration and combating catastrophic global warming, this estuary-dependent bird won’t be around forever.It’s great that we’ve been able to bring them back from widespread hunting and the toxic chemical DDT, but the two additional threats to healthy habitat for the majestic bird make the first challenges look like child’s play.Aaron Viles is GRN’s campaign directorgreat photo from NOLA’s Times-Picayune.

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