Waterfowl Program

Little is known about most sea duck species; many breed in remote northern latitudes and winter on the ocean. Some species have been experiencing rapid population decreases in recent years.

BRI researchers have been investigating mercury contamination and tracking flight patterns of these birds in order to help conservationists protect them in the face of climate change, marine wind power development, habitat loss, and other pressing ecological issues.

“Each bird is handled with great care and respect—they deserve no less.”
Lucas Savoy, Program Director

Program Director

Lucas Savoy

207.839.7600 ext. 104

Field Coordinator: Dustin Meattey
Contributing Program Directors: Kate Williams, Iain Stenhouse, Andrew Gilbert, Nina Schoch

Program Goals

  • Working with federal and state agencies to evaluate contaminant exposure in waterfowl
  • Using waterfowl to evaluate potential human health risks from consuming game species
  • Determining potential effects contaminants have on the reproductive success and survival of waterfowl
  • Conducting studies useful in the conservation of waterfowl

Current BRI Projects

Geographic Focus

Eastern North America, Alaska, California


Recent Reports, Papers and Presentations