The news didn’t necessarily surprise me but it was disappointing. North Dakota, you see, usually has very little to brag about with the notable exception of a state budget surplus, thank you.
The largest nesting colony of American white pelicans has for years been the Chase Lake colony northwest of Jamestown. No more. Where once tens of thousands of theseÂ huge waterfowl nested, the numberÂ has been reducedÂ considerablyÂ due to a variety of reasons–predators, water conditions, disease, overcrowding…no one really knows for sure but it’s likely a mix of all of the above. And so the title of largest colony has left the state. In fact there are two larger colonies currently. The bad news is IÂ can’t remember where they are. One is in Minnesota the other was Montana? If anyone knows for sure I’d like to hear from you.
(Last week near Alice, ND):