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The Pelican is a delightful, yet poignant reminder of the promise of human conscience. Throughout time these magnificent creatures have been revered for their remarkable skills and penchant for community and family. Ancient cultures celebrated pelicans for their sacrifice to nourish their young. Many of the world's great religions have made powerful symbols of the Pelican because of its admirable characteristics. This resilient creature has survived the ages of natural change only to be nearly wiped out overnight by human debauchery.

Modern day writers and other artists make the Pelican a favored subject. Its gracious flights, extraordinary catches, comical countenance, and proclivity to hunt in pods, make Pelicans a constant source of aesthetic joy. The Pelican is an inspirational animal whose very presence calls upon the best in us.

Around the turn of the 20th Century, early American conservationists were outraged at the impending demise of the Pelican at the hands of man. The first wildlife sanctuaries in our Nation were created to save these birds. Their susceptibility to the ravages of human development caused them to become a successful cause for early conservationists. In the last half of this century saving Pelicans became the symbol for halting the use of DDT. Protecting our children, and our human environment became synonymous with preserving wildlife habitats. Pelicans signal hope and promise. They call on us to be our best.

We chose the Pelican to be our symbol and namesake because it helps define our undertaking. We hope it makes us seem not too pretentious, yet earnest in our pursuit of quality and conscience.


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A photo by Karen Cotter - our namesake in Pismo Beach.

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