And -- once that stage is passed -- the chicks, getting their first feathers,
lose their fighting instincts and develop social bonds. They group together
in "pods" of up to 100 adolescents. And then, by Fall nearly
grown, they fly.
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Chase Lake, between Jamestown and Bismarck, is the largest nesting
colony of white pelicans in the nation. We will have over 20,000 pelicans
in the area. There will be 18,000 breding pairs and several thousand non-breeding
Pelicans are a very egalitatian bird. It's difficult to tell males and females
apart. Both parents incubate the eggs. Both mother and fther bring bits
of fish and salamander to the young.
There are 10,000 nests and each mother and father know just which nest nest
is theirs, which youngests to return to. How? We have no idea. It's part
of the wonder and mystery of nature. By gazing on the wonder of Nature --
we gaze ont he wonder of our own being, as well.