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Effects of a chemical weapons incineration plant on red-tailed tropicbirds

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

From 1990 to 2000, the Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System (JACADS) incinerated part of the U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons on Johnston Atoll, central Pacific Ocean, which also is a National Wildlife Refuge and home to approximately a half-million breeding seabirds. The effect on wildlife of incineration of these weapons is unknown. Using a multi-strata mark-recapture analysis, we investigated the effects of JACADS on reproductive success, survival, and movement probabilities of red-tailed tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda) nesting both downwind and upwind of the incineration site. We found no effect of chemical incineration on these tropicbird demographic parameters over the 8 years of our study. An additional 3 years of monitoring tropicbird demography will take place, post-incineration.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of a chemical weapons incineration plant on red-tailed tropicbirds
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
65
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
685-695
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
685
Last page:
695
Number of Pages:
11