A Roseate Spoonbill lifts off from Queen Bess Island near Grand Isle, La., May 26, 2013. Apart from brown pelicans many gulls, ibises, white pelicans, and Roseate Spoonbills gather at the small spit of land in Barataria Bay.
Children competed zealously at a pie-eating contest at the Durham County Fair in Durham, Conn., this past fall.
Patrick Hogan cleans an oil-coated brown pelican at a facility set up by the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Baras, La. The birds are cleaned and released.
A heavily-oiled bird is seen after being rescued from the waters of Barataria Bay, which are laden with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., on June 26.
TYPHOON HAIYAN, 2013 - A Philippine flag stands amongst the damage caused after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines, Nov. 9, 2013. The most recent and one of the most powerful typhoons on record ripped through the region, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes with massive storm surges.
The high court announced Monday it would hear a case involving a Florida beach restoration project.