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Birds and environmental contaminants in San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays

June 16, 2010

The direct and indirect effects of human activities, including environmental contamination, upon bird populations in San Francisco Bay and Chesapeake Bay are imperfectly understood, and few data are available. that allow a comparison of the contamination levels in birds from these two areas. Certain trace elements and organochlorine compounds have been found at sufficiently high concentrations in bird tissues or their foods to expect adverse effects in these birds, based upon results of field and laboratory studies conducted with other avian species. The decline and recovery of populations of many avian species have been recorded, including some associated with organochlorine contamination. The present paper summarizes available information on the occurrence and potential effects of contaminants upon birds in these two regions.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1988
Title Birds and environmental contaminants in San Francisco and Chesapeake Bays
DOI
Authors H. M. Ohlendorf, W. J. Fleming
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Marine Pollution Bulletin
Series Number
Index ID 5220730
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center