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Monitoring pesticides in wildlife

Pesticides Monitoring Journal

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Abstract

Early in the development of the wildlife monitoring program, certain criteria were recognized as being important in the selection of species of wild animals suitable for pesticide monitoring purposes. Ideally, the forms selected should be geographically well distributed, and they should be reasonably abundant and readily available for sampling. In addition, animals occurring near the top of food chains have the capacity to reflect residues in organisms occurring at lower levels in the same food chains. Based on these criteria, species chosen for monitoring include the starling (Sturnus vulgaris), mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) and black ducks (Anas rubripes), and the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). The black duck is substituted for the mallard in States where suitable numbers of mallards cannot be obtained. The Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife is held responsible for the execution of the wildlife portion of the National Pesticide Monitoring Program. The primary objective is to ascertain on a nationwide basis and independent of specific treatments the levels and trends of certain pesticidal chemicals and other pollutants in the bodies of selected forms of wildlife. The program was first described by Johnson et al. (4) in 1967. The purpose of this report is to update and redescribe the wildlife monitoring program and briefly review accomplishments.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Monitoring pesticides in wildlife
Series title:
Pesticides Monitoring Journal
Volume
5
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1971
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
50-52
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
50
Last page:
52
Number of Pages:
3