It’s one of the few American white pelican nesting colonies in North America. This year, thanks to plentiful water and lots of fish for food, four times the number of pelican chicks were produced than were last year.
“This island is really amazing,” said Donna Withers, a refuge specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Withers, who spends her time on the island studying pelicans and other inhabitants, said this year was an important one for Anaho.
That’s because like other places, Anaho benefited substantially from a big winter that left a huge mountain snowpack, swelling the region’s rivers and streams and raising the levels of lakes and reservoirs.
One result was a huge spawning run for Pyramid Lake’s cui-ui fish, a primary food source for pelicans. A big year for cui-ui translates to a big nesting year for pelicans.
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“With the amazing cui-ui run we had, that success will translate to the pelicans,” said Beverly Harry, environmental manager for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. “It’s an amazing relationship,” Harry said. “The pelicans have always been here. This is their home.”