Welcomes me home
I may live in Texas, however, Louisiana will always be “home”!
The brown pelican was designated the state bird of Louisiana in 1966. Early European settlers were impressed with the pelican’s generous and nurturing attitude toward their young. The brown pelican has been a symbol of Louisiana since that time.
Louisiana’s official nickname is “The Pelican State”. The brown pelican appears on Louisiana’s state flag, state seal, the official state painting, and is one of three Louisiana symbols displayed on the U.S. mint’s bicentennial quarter.
The state bird of Louisiana is unique among the world’s seven species of pelicans. The brown pelican is found along the ocean shores and not on inland lakes. It is the only dark pelican, and also the only one that plunges from the air into the water to catch its food.
© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2012