L.D.W.F. MEDIA ADVISORY - DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR SECRETARY TO MAKE KEY ANNOUNCEMENT ON RECOVERY OF THE BROWN PELICAN IN LOUISIANA

Release Date: 02/06/2008

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 
            Robert Barham 


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.


Contacts: 

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


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