Pelicans turn up sick, dead off Jacksonville coast, Jacksonville Times Union, January 17, 2011:
Founder of sanctuary treating the birds blames chemicals in the water.
Hundreds of Eastern brown pelicans, some with missing wings and frostbite, have been injured or killed in the St. Johns River the past couple of weeks in the Mayport area. ...
Cindy Mosling, co-founder of the Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary on Big Talbot Island, thinks chemicals in the water could be the culprit. ...
About seven years ago, a similar incident occurred when 60 dead pelicans were found in the river near Mayport. There were suspicions that the fire-fighting foam chemical could have contaminated the river when 60,000 gallons was used to put out a gasoline fire in 1993, according to Times-Union archives.
12 Pelicans Dead, 100 Sick In Mayport, News 4 Jacksonville, January 18, 2011:
Cindy Moseling, who's been caring for and rehabilitating birds at Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary on Big Talbot Island for decades, said she has seen her feathered friends die for various reasons, but is especially concerned this time.
"The last few days, we've had quite a bit of birds dying," Moseling said. ...
She said it's because of something in the water.
"There's something on their feathers that's taking their ability to repel water," Moseling said. "They've lost their protection from the cold."