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Element patterns in feathers of nestling Black-Crowned Night-Herons, Nycticorax nycticorax L., from four colonies in Delaware, Maryland, and Minnesota

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

DOI: 10.1007/s00128-008-9444-3 6961_Custer.pdf
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Abstract

The pattern of elements in nestling black-crowned night-heron feathers from a rural Minnesota colony differed from colonies in industrialized regions of Maryland and Delaware. Except for chromium, however, the differences did not reflect the elements associated with waters and sediments of the Maryland and Delaware colonies. Therefore, elements in water and sediment do not necessarily bioaccumulate in night-heron feathers in relation to potential exposure. Although trace element patterns in feathers indicated differences among geographical locations, they did not separate all locations well and their usefulness as an indicator of natal colony location may be limited.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Element patterns in feathers of nestling Black-Crowned Night-Herons, Nycticorax nycticorax L., from four colonies in Delaware, Maryland, and Minnesota
Series title:
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Volume
81
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
147-151
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
First page:
147
Last page:
151
Number of Pages:
5