Tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) nesting on wetlands impacted by oil sands mining are highly parasitized by the bird blow fly Protocalliphora spp.

@article{Gentes2007TreeS,
  title={Tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) nesting on wetlands impacted by oil sands mining are highly parasitized by the bird blow fly Protocalliphora spp.},
  author={Marie-Line Gentes and Terry L Whitworth and Cheryl Waldner and Heather L R Fenton and Judit E. G. Smits},
  journal={Journal of wildlife diseases},
  year={2007},
  volume={43 2},
  pages={167-78}
}
Oil sands mining is steadily expanding in Alberta, Canada. Major companies are planning reclamation strategies for mine tailings, in which wetlands will be used for the bioremediation of water and sediments contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and naphthenic acids during the extraction process. A series of experimental wetlands were built on companies' leases to assess the feasibility of this approach, and tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) were designated as upper trophic… CONTINUE READING

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