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The Pelican Comeback (2018)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Queen Bess Island, Jefferson Island, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-07-27

Duration: 00:06:40

Subjects: Nature | Environment | Louisiana. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries | PELICANS | BIRDS | COASTAL RESTORATION | Queen Bess Island (La.)


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Producer
  • Baker, Todd Interviewee
  • Richard, David Interviewee
  • Seymour, Michael Interviewee
  • Bradberry, Johnny Interviewee
  • Tirpak, John Interviewee


This segment from the July 27, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features photographer Rex Q. Fortenberry’s visit to Queen Bess Island near Grand Isle to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) reintroduction of the brown pelican in Louisiana. His report also touches on the plans for a coastal restoration project on Queen Bess Island to help restore the pelicans’ habitat. He interviews: Todd Baker, LDWF biologist director; David Richard, former LDWF biologist; Michael Seymour, LDWF non-game ornithologist; Johnny Bradberry, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; and John Tirpak, the Louisiana Geographic Coordinator for the United States Department of the Interior. Host: Andre Moreau