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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) fly in formation along a Texas Gulf Coast beach near Galveston, Texas. Once endangered, their numbers have rebounded thanks to reductions in pesticides and protection under the US Endangered Species Act from 1970 to 2009. They are the official state bird of Louisiana. Their grace in flight is in contrast to their methods of caching prey, which can be best described as a controlled crash dive.
Flock of Seagulls
Wetlands along the U.S. Gulf Coast provide valuable habitat for wildlife such as this Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens), as well as millions of other migratory bird species that visit the Gulf Coast as part of their annual migrations. Wetlands also help to mitigate the effects of storm surge and flooding on coastal communities, and provide valuable shelter for juvenile fish species.