Friday, April 25 2008 @ 10:46 PM EDT
Contributed by: terrytvgal
Overall, eagles carried the greatest contaminant load and, for many contaminants, had levels multiple times higher than other species
From: Main Environmental News March 27, 2008
The BioDiversity Research Institute recently released a new report documenting that over 100 harmful contaminants were found in Maine bird eggs.
Flame retardants (PBDEs), industrial stain and water repellants (PFCs), transformer coolants (PCBs), pesticides (OCs), and mercury were found in all 23 species of birds tested. The bird species studied live in a variety of habitats: on Maine’s ocean, salt marshes, rivers, lakes and uplands.
“This is the most extensive study of its kind to date and the first time industrial stain and water repellants were discovered in Maine birds,” says the report’s author, senior research biologist Wing Goodale.