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BRI wildlife research biologists, along with a wide range of collaborating scientists, conduct innovative wildlife science around the globe. Always at the forefront of our work is attention to the care of the wildlife we handle. Here, a biologist measures the beak of a Cooper's Hawk.

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Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), a nonprofit ecological research group based in Portland, Maine, conducts innovative wildlife science worldwide.

BRI’s Center for Mercury Studies plays a lead scientific role in understanding the exposure and effects of mercury on wildlife in New England, North America, and around the world. The Center for Waterbird Studies is dedicated to assessing current and emerging threats to waterbirds. The programs in our Center for Ecology and Conservation Research aim to understand the workings of wildlife and their habitats while exploring how ecological stressors affect different species and ecosystems.

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Feb 16, 2018

BRI Publishes Paper on Mercury in Bald Eagles, Maine

BRI researchers recently published a new paper on mercury exposure to bald eagles in the lower Penobscot River watershed in Maine. The study examines the influence of a chlor-alkali plant on eagle mercury exposure, and found that exposure was higher in the area impacted by the plant than in the reference habitat. The article, Mercury concentrations in bald eagles across an impacted watershed in Maine, USA, was published in Science of the Total Environment, and is avaliable to view or download from the publisher's website, here.
Photo Credits: Cooper's Hawk © BRI-Rick Gray
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