American White Pelicans spend the winter along the southern coasts of the United States. Many people are surprised to find out that these birds move inland to raise their young. They breed on islands located within lakes in the northwestern U.S. and in southwestern Canada. Minnesota is on the eastern edge of their breeding territory. This migration pattern is one of the differences between them and the Brown Pelican, which spends the whole year along the coastline. All of these photos were taken at Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island near Fort Meyers, Florida.