31 AUGUST: CHILE

CNN reports that Peruvian Brown Pelicans have invaded the town of Arica, northern Chile, swelling the population from 200 to 4,000. Pelicans tie up traffic as they wander down streets looking for food. Many are being run over or dying when they fly into electric lines. (Similar behavior occurred in past ENSO events in Peru when pelicans of the same species would invade markets to scavenge and steal food. Mass mortality of pelicans and other seabirds is a routine result of ENSO events off Peru and Chile.--ed). CNN Web site <http://cnn.com/EARTH/9708/31/chile.elnino/index.html>

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