The trial of a southern Minnesota farmer accused of destroying thousands of protected pelican chicks and eggs is scheduled to take place this week in federal court. Craig Staloch is accused of smashing more than 3,000 nests, eggs and chicks on farmland he rents on the shores of Minnesota Lake earlier this year. Minnesota is the summer home to about 20,000 pairs of pelicans, more than any other state. The birds were once nearly extinct, but have made a comeback since the 1960s. Staloch’s attorney says that his client Quote–”flipped out” because the birds were damaging his land, and had cost the farmer $20,000 in expenses and lost revenue over the past three years. His trial was scheduled to get underway today (MON).