BRI in the Press
A feature article that compiles the scientific evidence for why bird conservation is so critical to humanity. BRI's Adirondack Loon Study is quoted under the section "Winged Sentinels."
Still endangered in Maine, the species is recovering from devastating effects of DDT in the 1960s.
By North Cairn
BRI research is featured in the March issue of Discover Magazine.
Scientists are only beginning to understand the impacts of mercury contamination on birds, fish, and other wildlife populations. But what they are finding is alarming — even low levels can cause harm, and chronic exposure has unexpected and troubling effects.
by Rebecca Kessler
David Evers speaks to Steve Curwood, host of NPR's Living on Earth, about BRI's new report that describes hotspots of unsafe mercury levels around the world.
Mercury poisoning is a growing global menace we have to address
By: Robert F Kennedy Jr and Marc A Yaggi
NEARLY A year ago, I interviewed David Evers, the executive director of Maine’s Biodiversity Research Institute, on the revelation that insect-eating inland songbirds can accumulate mercury at dangerous levels every bit as much as fish-eating river and coastal birds. He called the findings a “game-changing paradigm shift” for understanding mercury’s pernicious presence.
TORONTO – The current health benchmarks for mercury levels in fish are outdated and inadequate and should be strengthened worldwide, according to two international reports released on Tuesday.
Scientists say that consuming fish may be more hazardous to your health than you think, according to new reports published this week.
New reports released today find that mercury is widespread in fish, and that mercury exposure can be dangerous to human health at lower levels than previously thought. Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter spoke with Dr. David Evers, the executive director and chief scientist of the Biodiversity Research Institute, in Gorham, Maine, which released the latest data.
A report to be released Tuesday by the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham evaluates the amount of mercury in fish species around the world and suggests that levels of the toxin previously deemed safe are probably not.
Biodiversity Research Institute Invites You to a Global Webinar on New Findings on Mercury Exposure and Contamination
On December 4, 2012, the Zero Mercury Working Group, in cooperation with scientists from Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) and other prominent scientists, is organizing a global webinar to release new findings that demonstrate extensive mercury contamination of seafood and to summarize recent studies that show health effects from methylmercury occurring below the level that was considered “safe” just a few years ago. Scientists will highlight new research and explain why current government “safety limits” should be strengthened worldwide. The report will be released accompanied by a press release on December 4. This comes ahead of the final round of United Nations negotiations, scheduled in January 2013, for a global mercury treaty.
Click here for more information: http://www.briloon.org/uploads/BRI/index/FINALZMWG_MEDIA_%20ADVISORY.pdf
If you have questions please contact Deborah McKew at 207-839-7600 X222
BRI's Executive Director and naturalist Jim Fowler speak about biodiversity on MPBN's Maine Calling. Listen to the entire show here.
Reported By: Susan Sharon
BRI has been featured in a story by Portland Press Herald staff writer North Caim.
BRI biologist Mike Chickering is featured in a National Public Radio broadcast.
You can listen to the full story here.
BRI biologist Mike Chickering is featured in a Maine Public Radio broadcast.
You can listen to the full story here.
In the early 1960s, a visionary American scientist named Gene Likens and his team were the first to show that acidified precipitation was damaging to ecosystems and human health, and this harmful “acid rain” was the direct result of smokestack and other emissions.
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Wing asymmetry spells trouble for long-distance migrators like willets, says Dave Evers of the Biodiversity Research Institute. He's been researching the effects of mercury on wildlife for years and first discovered the problem of wing asymmetry in loons. More recently, he's documented mercury's impact on insect-eating songbirds.
Read the full story here.
With Senator James Inhofe's (R-OK) move to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate mercury -- both now and in the future -- the threat to the health of Americans is in the balance.
Ever wonder what 's lurking in Falmouth's River Point Conservation Area? The Falmouth Conservation Commission and the Biodiversity Research Institute of Gorham are hoping to find out when they conduct one of the state's largest "Bio Blitzes" June 29-30.
Recently the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) and the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) came together in a major effort to assess the seabirds of the Cay Sal Bank.
Recently, the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) and the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) came together in a major effort to assess the searbirds of the Cay Sal Bank.
Recently the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, Biodiversity Research Institute and the Bahamas National Trust came together in a major effort to assess the seabirds of the Cay Sal Bank.
BRI Executive Director, David Evers, Ph.D., speaks with the WAMC radio program EarthWise about the dangers of mercury in the environment.
BRI’s director of scientific advancement and development is featured in a new documentary called “Mahahual: Paradise Is Not Recyclable,” which draws attention to the problem of plastics pollution in our oceans. The documentary, an initiative by Sustenta.com and produced by Calypso Films, will debut on May 29 in Mexico.
The Muskie School of Public Service features BRI’s osprey work in their spring newsletter Connections: Environment, Economy, Community. The article, written by Chris DeSorbo, director of BRI’s raptor program, describes our surveys of osprey populations on Casco Bay.
One of the biggest contributors to the decline in migratory bird populations has gone largely unnoticed: white-tailed deer.
BRI marine bird scientist, Dr. Iain Stenhouse, is featured in the March-April 2012 issue of Audubon Magazine, Scott Weidensaul’s story, “Unlocking Migration’s Secrets.” Scientists are tapping into new technologies to uncover these secrets, and in the process are transforming everything we know – or think we know – about birds.
An exquisite Mexico beach, cursed by plastic
Sea currents act like a conveyor belt, depositing trash on a remote stretch of sand in an ecologically rich region of coral reef and mangrove forests. Locals can only pick up the pieces, bit by bit.
By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
By ANTHONY DePALMA
Songbirds and bats suffer some of the same types of neurological disorders from mercury as humans and especially children do, says the study, “Hidden Risk,” by the Biodiversity Research Institute, a nonprofit organization in Gorham, Me., that investigates emerging environmental threats.