For more than a decade, American white pelicans have shifted east to become an odd but common sight along the Illinois River valley, and in the past several years even common as far east as Braidwood Lake. Apparently, they are becoming more than visitors.
Word comes of the first documented nesting of American white pelicans in Illinois, found on an island in the Mississippi River.
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I asked my friend and naturalist/author Joel Greenberg how important it was and he replied:
``I think it is highly significant that pelicans have been found nesting in IL- it is the first time such a thing has ever been reported. They started nesting in two places in WI, and now our state.''