thumbnail

Organochlorine residues in common tern eggs from nine Atlantic coast colonies, 1980

Colonial Waterbirds

By:
, ,

Links

Abstract

In 1980, 178 Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) eggs were collected in nine colonies from Rhode Island to North Carolina and were analyzed for organochlorines. DDE and PCBs were detected in most of the eggs. Mean concentrations of DDE and PCBs differed among colonies and seemed related to local contamination. Concentrations of DDE and PCBs in Common Tern eggs were well below those reported to have adverse effects in this species. In one colony, eggs of known laying sequence were collected. First, second, and third eggs in the clutch did not differ significantly from one another in shell weight, shell thickness, and concentration of DDE or PCBs.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Organochlorine residues in common tern eggs from nine Atlantic coast colonies, 1980
Series title:
Colonial Waterbirds
Volume
6
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1983
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
197-204
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
197
Last page:
204
Number of Pages:
8