Who: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary
What: Key announcement on successful conservation efforts the
brown pelican in Louisiana.
Where: Governors Mansion - front steps
1001 Capitol Access Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
When: Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, 10 a.m. (Central)
Why: The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) was listed as endangered throughout its U.S. range in 1970 because of sharp population declines. In 1985, brown pelicans along the Atlantic Coast states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama's Gulf Shore had recovered to the point where they were removed from the Endangered Species List. Currently, the brown pelican is listed as endangered where it occurs in the rest of the United States and in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Central and South America, and the West Indies.
Chris Paolino, Press Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, ph. 202-208-6416
Melissa Sellers, Press Secretary, Office of the Governor, ph. 225-342-8006
Tom MacKenzie, Chief of Media Relations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region, ph. 678-296-6400 (cell); 404-679-7291 (office)
Bo Boehringer, Press Secretary, La. Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, ph. 225-765-5115