MERI Lecture to Focus on Toxic Contaminants in Maine Birds

BLUE HILL — The Marine Environmental Research Institute’s spring 2009 Ocean Environment Lecture Series will present “Emerging Contaminants in Maine Birds” by Wing Goodale, senior scientist at the Biodiversity Research Institute, on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the MERI Center for Marine Studies in Blue Hill.

Prior to the lecture, there will be a reception in honor of the speaker.

In 2007, Goodale and collaborating scientists studied historical and emerging harmful contaminants in bird eggs from 23 Maine bird species ranging from swallows to eagles. Researchers were surprised to find over 190 contaminants present in a variety of bird species. Many threatened and endangered species had the highest contaminant levels.

The MERI Ocean Environment Lecture Series is intended to increase the community’s understanding of ocean issues in Maine and around the globe.

Seating for the April 30 lecture is limited and is reserved on a first come, first served basis.

For information about the lectures or other MERI programs, call 374-2135, e-mail [email protected] or visit online.

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