Storms wash away pelican nests near S.C. coast

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) – Wildlife officials say storms earlier this year have washed away most of the pelican nests near one section of the South Carolina coast.

Felicia Sanders with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources told The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/2rY2fKP) that storms have washed away most of the pelican nests, as well as the nesting areas for terns and some gulls near Mount Pleasant.

Sanders says Crab Bank Island usually has thousands of nests and now has fewer than 50. She says high tides wash over much of the island. At least 60 shorebird eggs were found across the Sullivans Island beach at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, more than a mile away. The nesting areas are off-limits, but are a choice site for ecotourism boating trips.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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