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The Pelican Issue

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Transcript of The Pelican Issue

The greatest threat to our planet
is the belief that someone else
will save it.

Our Action
How Trash Affects Pelicans

Students at our school donated paper towels, towels of all sizes, bleach, laundry detergent, berry baskets, tupper ware, and pet dishes. After we collected all the supplies, we went to Pelican Harbor and got a tour of all their facilties.We also talked to a worker there named Kate.
Things like plastic debris litter the shore: bottle caps, toys, cigarette lighters, fishing lines, and other garbage. Pelicans tend to feed on the plastic, many times this ingestion leads to death of the pelicans and their young. Pelicans also tend to feed on the fishing hooks, in this x-ray picture you are able to see where this Pelican is affected by the hook. Tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals, and turtles are killed every year from plastic bag litter in the marine environment.

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Friday, May 21, 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What We All Can Do To Help
The Pelican Issue
-Robert Swan
Nearly wiped out

There are many ways we can help the pelicans. For example,
Reduce our use of disposable plastic products
Reuse and recycle what we can
Buy reusable grocery bags to cut down on plastic bag use
Tell others about the dangers of marine debris
Pick up litter
Volunteer for beach and stream clean-up
Noticias de última hora
Phil McKenna , autor de "Cómo los Pelícanos marrones están en peligro de extinción ". El dijo:- " Aproximadamente el 60 % de las subespecies de la raza oriental Pelícano Pardo, que viven a lo largo de la Costa del Golfo, han sido expuestos al derrame de petróleo." En el articulo de acuerdo con un estudio realizado en 1998 por la Universidad Estatal de Luisiana, Ashley Hayes afirma que más de 500 millones de aves vuelan sobre el Golfo , incluyendo pelícanos " .
Daniel
We are....
THE PELICAN GUARDIANS!
Our Theme : How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: The expresion of one's beliefs and values have a positive or negative influence on others.

Our Issue: How Trash Affects Pelicans.
Our action was collecting supplies for pelicans and bringing them to Pelican Harbor. We will throughly explain what our action is in a later slide.
Group Members: Sarah, Isabella, Jeanmanuel , Isaac, Giuli, Daniel and James
Sarah
Isabella
Isaac
James
Guili
Jeanmanuel
http://bird-rescue.org/our-work/research-and-education/how-plastics-affect-birds.aspx
http://bird-rescue.org/our-work/research-and-education/how-plastics-affect-birds.aspx
In the article,"Brown Pelican Long a Symbol of Survival", Wayne Drash states that Louisiana's state bird was nearly wiped out in the 1950's and 1960's. In addition, the pesticide DDT traveled down the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico. The brown pelican was one of the most affected species. The DDT accumulated in the pelican's eggs, making the strength of the eggs weaker. During incubation, the eggs had the tendency to break easily. This resulted in a huge population decline.
Here is a snipbit of what we did at Pelican Harbor
If DDT travels down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf Of Mexico,then bad things can happen. DDT causes many problems in fish (it causes so many problems that it has been dificult to study DDT in fish). When fish eat other fish that have DDT then they become toxic. Then when us,humans eat the toxic fish we can become sick or we can even develop diseases that can cause death.
http://people.chem.duke.edu/~jds/cruise_chem/pest/effects.html
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