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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.

BRI in the News

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.

BRI's researchers are available to talk to journalists and provide expert information on both their work and the broader topics of their expertise. 

To set up interviews, contact: 

Deborah McKewCommunications Director 

News Archive

Oct 15, 2020

Ecotoxicology Special Issue on Mercury in Songbirds

The Impact of Mercury on North American Songbirds
41 Percent of Sampled Species Show Effects from Mercury

Portland, ME – The scope and intensity of mercury contamination in North American songbirds is more widespread than previously reported. Fifteen new scientific papers have recently been published in a special issue of the journal Ecotoxicology. Studies find that at least 58 songbird species show demonstrated effects from mercury. The journal’s October issue entitled, ThImpact of Mercury on North American Songbirds: Effects, Trends, and Predictive Factors, presents results of field, laboratory, and museum studies—from Alaska to Maine to Puerto Rico.

“This collection of studies shows that songbirds represent a powerful tool for the study, monitoring, and risk assessment of environmental mercury,” says David Evers, Ph.D., BRI executive director and co-editor of this special issue. 

For full press release, click here.

Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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