A pair from a pod of about two dozen pelicans takes flight Tuesday morning near the mouth of Santa Rosa Creek in Cambria, near the south end of Moonstone Beach. Researchers are trying to determine why the iconic sea birds mortality rate has soared this winter.
A pair from a pod of about two dozen pelicans takes flight Tuesday morning near the mouth of Santa Rosa Creek in Cambria, near the south end of Moonstone Beach. Researchers are trying to determine why the iconic sea birds mortality rate has soared this winter. CAMBRIAN PHOTO BY BERT ETLING
A pair from a pod of about two dozen pelicans takes flight Tuesday morning near the mouth of Santa Rosa Creek in Cambria, near the south end of Moonstone Beach. Researchers are trying to determine why the iconic sea birds mortality rate has soared this winter. CAMBRIAN PHOTO BY BERT ETLING

State joins effort to find cause of pelican ills

February 18, 2010 12:01 AM