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Can brown pelicans predict an upcoming El Niño?




Tens of thousands of California brown pelicans have shown up at the Salon Sea months earlier than usual.
Tens of thousands of California brown pelicans have shown up at the Salon Sea months earlier than usual.
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Water rights are only one element of the story on California's ongoing drought.

We've talked a lot on this show about how different populations are being affected, including animal populations like tortoises, birds and bugs. But the odd behavior of one group of birds, California's brown pelicans, could signify the arrival of some rain.

KPCC's Jed Kim has more.