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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
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3803020
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3803020
Page Count: 11
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Effects of a Chemical Weapons Incineration Plant on Red-Tailed Tropicbirds
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Abstract

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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