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Organochlorines, mercury, and selenium in wintering shorebirds from Washington and California

January 1, 1990

Dunlins Caldris alpina , and black-bellied plovers, Pluvialis squatarola , were collected in Washington and California during the winter of 1984-85; long-billed dowitchers, Limnodromus scolopaceus , were collected in California. Pooled breast muscles were analyzed for organochlorines and pooled livers for mercury and selenium. DDE was detected in all eight dunlin, three of five dowitcher, and two of nine plover muscle pools. Estimated DDE concentrations in dunlin carcasses at two sites in California were greater than 3 ppm wet wt, a dietary concentration associated with eggshell thinning and decreased reproductive success in raptors. Detectable concentrations of mercury and selenium were found in all liver pools.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1990
Title Organochlorines, mercury, and selenium in wintering shorebirds from Washington and California
DOI
Authors T. W. Custer, J.P. Myers
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title California Fish and Game
Series Number
Index ID 1003210
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center