Welcome to the world of colonial nesting birds. Visitors have an opportunity to monitor the nesting activities of American White Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Ring-billed Gulls all located on two islands called South and North Cormorant Island. Currently there is no sound.
5/30/2017 The Mississippi River is flooding and affecting many of our colonial nesting islands. Young chicks such as pelicans and cormorants are unable to move out of the rising waters. These will perish and float down stream.
This history is only for the colony utilizing the cormorant islands. Pelicans are regularly using 3 additional islands.
- 2007 – First recorded nesting in Iowa. 50 chicks fledged.
- 2008 – 200 chicks fledged.
- 2009 – First recorded nesting in Illinois. 200 chicks fledged.
- 2010 – 500 chicks fledged
- 2011 – 800 chicks fledged
- 2012 – 750 chicks fledged
- 2013 – 930 chicks fledged
- 2014 – 650 chicks fledged
- 2015 – 475 chicks fledged (Majority of the pelicans were using Pelican Island which is located just south of this island)