100820-G-5394S-297 Brown pelican
GRAND ISLE, La. – A brown pelican leaves his perch on a string of protective boom placed around Queen Bess Island, Aug. 20, 2010. In November 2009, Interior Department officials removed the brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird, from the endangered species list. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson.