At Ding Darling NWR, on Sanibel Island, FL, we saw several large flocks of American White Pelicans. During the winter, they migrate to our southern ocean coasts. However, many people are surprised to learn that these birds nest inland, in central Canada and the western United States. Minnesota is on the eastern edge of their nesting territory and we have several colonies of White Pelicans. They choose to set up their breeding colonies on small islands so their nests, which are on the ground, are protected from predators.