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High levels of mercury found in Alaska’s Arctic shorebirds
By Dana Kobilinsky
Coupled with threats such as habitat destruction and climate change in Alaska’s Arctic, high levels of mercury discovered recently in shorebirds could create further challenges for the species.
In a study published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, lead author and TWS member Marie Perkins, a Ph.D. student at McGill University, looked at mercury levels in the shorebirds’ blood and feathers. The study, which was conducted during the breeding season as well as post-breeding staging when they began their southward migration, focused on birds in Barrow, Alaska, on Alaska’s North Slope.
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