PORT ISABEL, Texas - Volunteers, emergency crews and law enforcement in Port Isabel are saving brown pelicans from getting hit by cars.

Conservation biologists say the pelicans are flying north to the Behia Grande to nest, but strong winds are causing them to land on the highway.

Volunteers have been pulling the birds off the road, banding them and releasing them on the north side of the highway.  

"It's been pretty good so far, with all of the units out here slowing traffic down a little bit. When we do see one land, we'll try to and stop traffic completely," said Tom Hushen, the emergency management coordinator in Cameron County.

The volunteers saved more than 60 pelicans and expect to save more as the birds continue to travel during the night.