Pelicans gather on Big Blue floodwaters

Floodwaters east of Blue Rapids along the Big Blue River have provided a stopping-off spot for white pelicans as they make their way south for the winter. Also taking advantage of the good fishing have been great blue herons. Ron Klataske, executive director of Audubon of Kansas, Manhattan, said pelicans migrate through the area in the spring and fall. They nest in the northern Great Plains and Canada and then winter in southern Oklahoma, Texas and along the Louisiana coast. Pelicans often work in harmony to fish, he said. They circle and then move in on fish, much like people using nets do.