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BRI's work on mercury in songbirds has been in the news recently including an article in National Geographic Online. Pictured here is a Yellow Warbler.

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BRI news stories have appeared in many regional, national, and international news outlets. These stories help promote awareness of our work, but also promote the general issues of conservation biology and the need to continue research in wildlife health and its implications to human health.

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News Archive

Sep 9, 2019

BRI Publishes New Research on Common Loon Restoration

BRI research on common loons was recently published in the journal, Science of the Total Environment. The article, Restoration of common loons following the North Cape Oil Spill, Rhode Island, USA, uses a resource equivalency analysis (REA) to calculate the total loss of common loons after the North Cape Oil Spill in 1996, and uses site-specific productivity data collected between 2000-2009 to shape recommendations for restoration of the species through protection of high quality loon breeding habitat. Specifally, the study estimates that the North Cape Oil Spill killed 402 loons, equivalent to 2,920 loon-years. Using site-specific data to update the original REA conducted at the time of the spill, researchers found that 70 nests would have been required to offset the lost-loon years; ultimately permitting the protection of 119 nests. 

Read the full article here.

Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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