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Productivity of Ospreys in Connecticut-Long Island Increases as DDE Residues Decline

Paul R. Spitzer, Robert W. Risebrough, Wayman Walker II, Robert Hernandez, Alan Poole, Dennis Puleston and Ian C. T. Nisbet
Science
New Series, Vol. 202, No. 4365 (Oct. 20, 1978), pp. 333-335
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1747646
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Productivity of Ospreys in Connecticut-Long Island Increases as DDE Residues Decline
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Abstract

Nesting success of ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) breeding in the Connecticut-Long Island area has increased since 1973 and is now approaching the levels recorded prior to the 1950's. Simultaneously, DDE and dieldrin residues have declined in unhatched eggs. Levels of polychorinated biphenyls have shown no changes over the period 1969 to 1976. The increase in productivity is attributed primarily to lower levels of DDE contamination. Detrimental effects in the past on ospreys in the Connecticut River estuary are attributed to local contamination with dieldrin.

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