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Ecological and physiological/toxicological effects of petroleum on aquatic birds

FWS/OBS 79/23

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Abstract

The physiological and ecological effects of oil on waterbirds were examined in a series of laboratory and field experiments. Chemical methodology was developed in support of these studies. Research conducted from 1 July 1975 to 30 September 1978 by the US Fish and Wildlife Service about the effects of petroleum on aquatic birds is summarized. The following assessments were made: effects of oiling on hatchability of eggs; effects of oil ingestion on physiological condition and survival of birds; effects of oil ingestion on reproduction in birds; accumulation and loss of oil by birds; and development of analytical methods for identification and quantification of oil breakdown products in tissues and eggs of ducks.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Title:
Ecological and physiological/toxicological effects of petroleum on aquatic birds
Series title:
FWS/OBS
Series number:
79/23
Year Published:
1979
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
ii, 14