Pelicans Flying High

Brown pelicans have rebounded to the point that the state bird may soon be removed from the endangered list in Louisiana. In the spring, more than 16,000 pairs are expected to nest on Louisiana's barrier islands.

That's where over 12-hundred fledglings imported from Florida replaced the flocks that crowded the coast in the first half of the century. The now-banned pesticide D-D-T is blamed for the near-eradication of the brown pelican in Louisiana.

Federal wildlife officials say they are drafting a proposal to take the birds off the endangered list in Louisiana and Texas.