Brown Pelican Survey – Salton Sea

You are invited to help count Brown Pelicans on Saturday, May 7th, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the Salton Sea or along the coast.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird program, state agencies, and the Audubon network are seeking help from citizen-science birders. We are kicking off a new monitoring effort to capture a comprehensive snapshot of pelican abundance and age distribution in the West. We need you to count Brown Pelicans at local roost sites. All participants will report their observations and photos through a special location in eBird.

The survey is focused primarily on roosts where pelicans settle for the night and are most easily counted and photographed. Interested individuals should visit the survey’s website,, to find a roost site (green dot on map) convenient to them and contact me (see contact info below). The public is also encouraged to visit any Salton Sea areas not on the map during this time frame to survey for Brown Pelicans.  

Additional information, including links to other pages, is available at the following link:

If you would like to volunteer for a coastal roost site, please see the contact info available by clicking on the dots on the map at the above link. 

We are also seeking people to help survey in Mexico.

This survey will be repeated in the fall.