Bon voyage!


Earlier this month, the Wildlife Center of the North Coast began getting calls about Brown Pelicans turning up in odd places — wandering around downtown Seaside, hanging out at the Pelican Pub in Pacific City, and even following tourists around on the beach and trying to eat their beach toys. One of the pelicans is pictured, courtesy of the WCNC.

WCNC went out and rescued the birds, nursed them back to health, and now they are ready to go back into the wild. You can celebrate with them, and attend their release party Saturday in Parking Lot D in Fort Stevens State Park.

There’s no need to RSVP, just be there. “Kennel doors will open at 1:30 p.m.,” Josh Saranpaa, executive director of the WCNC told the Ear, “so showing up a little bit early would ensure people don’t miss it.”

If you have any questions, you can call Josh at 503-338-0331. Better yet, if you’d like to support the center in its ongoing efforts to help local wildlife, you can donate at

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or

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