Aquatic birds and selenium in the San Joaquin Valley



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Kesterton Reservoir is a series of ponds comprising 1,200 acres sitting in the grasslands of the Kesterton National Wildlife Refuge. It is bounded on the east by the San Luis Drain, a concrete-lined canal that discharges agricultural drainage into the ponds at their southern end, from which point it then flows northward through the twelve ponds (see the map on the page following).

Mike Saki and I studied several of these ponds to determine the concentrations of selenium and other contaminants in food-chain organisms. You'll hear more about this from Mike shortly. My portion of the study was to determine the reproductive success of birds nesting in the ponds and to collect birds so that we could find out what they were eating and what levels of selenium were in their tissues.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Aquatic birds and selenium in the San Joaquin Valley
ISBN 0-937995-00-2
Year Published 1986
Language English
Publisher The Bay Institute of San Francisco
Publisher location Tiburon, California
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Selenium and agricultural drainage: Implications for San Francisco Bay and the California environment - Proceedings of the second selenium symposium
First page 14
Last page 24
Conference Title Second Selenium Symposium
Conference Location Berkeley, CA
Conference Date Marsh 23, 1985
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Kesterton Reservoir