Pelican patient journeys to St. Louis to continue rehab
An off-course, juvenile American White Pelican that was rehabbing at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is now settled into the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Mo., where the next phase of rehab for an injured wing is underway. The Bay Village Center's Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Coordinator Amy LeMonds drove the bird to St. Louis to expedite and supervise the transfer.
Unlike Northeast Ohio, St. Louis is a natural stomping ground for this species of bird. If the wing heals properly and the bird is releasable, which is the goal, the pelican could be integrated into the wild population along the Mississippi River.
Shawn Salamone is the Community Relations Manager at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and a Westlake resident.