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Effects of a Chemical Weapons Incineration Plant on Red-Tailed Tropicbirds
E. A. Schreiber, Paul F. Doherty, Jr. and Gary A. Schenk
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 65, No. 4 (Oct., 2001), pp. 685-695
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3803020
Page Count: 11
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From 1990 to 2000, the Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System (JACADS) incinerated part of the U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons on Johnston Atoll, central Pacific Ocean, which also is a National Wildlife Refuge and home to approximately a half-million breeding seabirds. The effect on wildlife of incineration of these weapons is unknown. Using a multi-strata mark-recapture analysis, we investigated the effects of JACADS on reproductive success, survival, and movement probabilities of red-tailed tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda) nesting both downwind and upwind of the incineration site. We found no effect of chemical incineration on these tropicbird demographic parameters over the 8 years of our study. An additional 3 years of monitoring tropicbird demography will take place, post-incineration.
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