Apr. 20, 2018
Brown pelicans are a favorite of visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail exhibit. Yet, many zoogoers may not realize that these marine birds call the Chesapeake Bay home. Last summer, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center research ecologist Autumn-Lynn Harrison placed GPS tags on the Bay’s pelicans to learn more about the species’ ability to survive and thrive on the Eastern Shore. Harrison provides an update on the tracking project in the field note below.