What appeared to be at least 1,000 white pelicans gathered at the Boyd Point Wastewater Treatment Facility on a recent afternoon. This photo only shows a fraction of the pod. Pelicans are not new in Arkansas, but their numbers have increased considerably since the McClellan-Kerr Navigation Project on the river was completed roughly 40 years ago. Pelicans are some of the world’s largest birds. White pelicans are larger than brown pelicans which live year-round on the Gulf Coast. White pelicans can weigh as much as 30 pounds, stand 4 feet tall and have a wingspan of 9 feet.