By Mark Kanz
Algoma has some new visitors making themselves right at home in town this summer. American white pelicans have been sharing the city’s shoreline with seagulls, ducks and other wildlife in recent weeks. Algoma Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sara Krouse says the city is frequently on the bird migration flight path, but this is something new.
The Department of Natural Resources says the white pelican is a relative of the ocean-going brown pelican and have been making somewhat of a comeback in recent years, with more sightings being reported. Adult white pelicans have a nine-foot wing span and weigh 16 pounds. The birds can live up to 30 years, which means there is a good chance the visits could be annual. They can eat about three pounds of fish a day, but Krouse jokes she doesn’t think they’ll compete with the charter fishing industry.