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Document Title:

Summary of Existing Information Pertinent to Environmental Contaminants and Oil Spills on Breeding Atlantic Coast Piping Plovers

AUTHOR(S):
Steven E. Mierzykowski


REPORT NUMBER:
FY09-MEFO-7-EC
PAGES:
1 - 22

PUBLICATION DATE: April 2009

ABSTRACT:
Information regarding environmental contaminants and oil spills on breeding Atlantic Coast piping plovers (Charadrius melodus) was solicited from state and federal biologists, and through database and literature searches. The results are summarized in this report. Since 1990, thirty-three composite or individual non-viable or abandoned piping plover egg samples from Maine, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware have been analyzed for residues of organochlorine compounds and trace elements. No contaminant egg data are known to exist for piping plovers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina. Several piping plover egg samples from the northern states have been collected and archived over the years, but not analyzed due to lack of funds. Region 5 ID: 53411-1113-0000

PUBLISHED BY:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

DOCUMENT LINK:
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/mainecontaminants/pdf/2009%20PIPL%20Contaminant%20and%20Oil%20Spill%20Review.pdf, 200 KB

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Maine Contaminants Program

Last updated: February 13, 2013