St. Petersburg finally makes the brown pelican the city’s official bird

What you thought was official, is actually official now.

click to enlarge CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG / FACEBOOK
CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG / FACEBOOK


The brown pelican has been on the forefront of St. Petersburg’s flag for about 40 years now, but today Rick Kriseman’s administration finally got around to adopting the water bird as the official bird of the city. 

The official Facebook for the City of St. Petersburg announced the news earlier today. “After many years of admiring this waterfront native, St. Petersburg City Council unanimously adopted the Brown Pelican as the official City Bird,” its caption reads. 

The brown pelican is indigenous to the region, and has been a staple symbol of St. Petersburg for decades. An outline of the water bird has been on the city’s official seal for years now, and to this day, old St. Petersburg benches don a faded stamp of a sitting pelican. 

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Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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