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Feather mercury concentrations in North American raptors sampled at migration monitoring stations


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Ackerman, J.T., Bourbour, R.P., and Hull, J.M., 2019, Feather mercury concentrations in North American raptors sampled at migration monitoring stations: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


We assessed total mercury concentrations in breast feathers of diurnal North American raptors collected at migration monitoring stations. We sampled raptor feathers from 9 species in the Pacific Flyway and compared species, sex, date, and flyway effects on mercury concentrations. We also explored year effects on 3 species of raptors in the Pacific Flyway during 13-years (2002-2014). Finally, we compared mercury concentrations in merlin among 4 continental flyways. These data support the following publication: Bourbour, R.P., Martinico, B.L., Ackerman, J.T. et al. Ecotoxicology (2019).


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Josh T Ackerman
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Josh T Ackerman, Ryan P Bourbour, Joshua M Hull
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Western Ecological Research Center
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase

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Data were obtained to assess feather mercury concentrations in raptors


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DOI doi:10.5066/P9QS39Z5

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