Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mercury Science and Awareness

For over ten years, BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI) has
led the charge to understand the fate and impact of mercury in our
environment and in the wildlife that we cherish. Where we live in Maine, mercury pollution is widespread and responsible for many freshwater and coastal fish consumption advisories. We want to know how this mercury is entering the food chain. Beyond our widely published scientific findings, we present results to the public and to policymakers in a variety of forms including printed materials, news articles, our website, and at speaking engagements to students and community groups. Below is a synopsis of our efforts to research mercury in our environment and educate the public and policymakers about our results. Science BRI's assessment of mercury exposure in wildlife spans our research programs. Ongoing work includes assessing mercury exposure in yellow-billed loons, common loons, bald eagles, ospreys, salt-marsh sharp-tailed sparrows, and several bat species.

Learn more at BRI's Mercury and Toxins Information Center

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