Embryonic Mortality and Abnormalities of Aquatic Birds: Apparent Impacts of Selenium from Irrigation Drainwater

  title={Embryonic Mortality and Abnormalities of Aquatic Birds: Apparent Impacts of Selenium from Irrigation Drainwater},
  author={Michael K. Saiki}
49 Severe reproductive impacts were found in aquatic birds nesting on irrigation drain· water ponds in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Of 34 7 nests studied to late incu· bation or to hatching, 40.6% had at least one dead embryo and 19.6% had at least one embryo or chick with an obvious external anomaly. The deformities were often multiple and included missing or abnormal eyes, beaks, wings, legs and feet. Brain, heart, liver and skeletal anomalies were also present. Mean selenium… CONTINUE READING
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