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Wild Bird Health and Contaminants, Oil Sands Region Aquatic bird eggs are being collected for contaminants analysis. Egg collections in the Peace-Athabasca Delta area support Parks Canada’s activities at Wood Buffalo National Park and the multi-stakeholder Peace-Athabasca Ecosystem Monitoring Program. This monitoring activity employs repeated censuses of birds and builds on initial egg collections made in 2009 from Egg Island (Lake Athabasca) and Wood Buffalo National Park, with the goal of evaluating contaminant burdens, contaminant sources and changes in sources through time. Egg samples are collected from colonial waterbirds California Gulls (Larus californicus), Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus), Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis), Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) and Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) and insectivorous birds Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia), Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) and Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) to monitor health and contaminant levels of aquatic and terrestrial birds in the oil sands region and in reference areas. The samples collected are analysed for oil sands-related contaminants including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals such as mercury (Hg) and arsenic (As). 2019-11-05 Environment and Climate Change Canada bruce.pauli@canada.ca Nature and Environmentoil sands; monitoring; biodiversity; contaminants; colonial waterbirds; swallowsNature and Biodiversity - ContaminantsProtect Species Well-BeingAssess Status of SpeciesPrairie - Alberta (AB)Oil sandsWildlife Scientific Publication - Mercury trends in colonial waterbird eggs downstream of the oil sands region of Alberta, CanadaPDF http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es402542w Scientific Publication - Metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in colonial waterbird eggs from Lake Athabasca and the Peace-Athabasca Delta, Canada.CSV http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/etc.489/full Wild Bird Health and Contaminants Data (English)CSV http://donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/species/assess/wild-bird-health-and-contaminants-oil-sands-region/?lang=en Wild Bird Health and Contaminants Data (French)CSV http://donnees.ec.gc.ca/data/species/assess/wild-bird-health-and-contaminants-oil-sands-region/?lang=fr Wild Bird Health and ContaminantsESRI REST https://maps-cartes.ec.gc.ca/arcgis/rest/services/OSM/MapServer/8 Wild Bird Health and ContaminantsESRI REST https://maps-cartes.ec.gc.ca/arcgis/rest/services/OSM/MapServer/30 WMSWMS https://maps-cartes.ec.gc.ca/arcgis/services/OSM/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS&layers=37&legend_format=image/png&feature_info_type=text/html WMSWMS https://maps-cartes.ec.gc.ca/arcgis/services/OSM/MapServer/WMSServer?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS&layers=15&legend_format=image/png&feature_info_type=text/html

Wild Bird Health and Contaminants, Oil Sands Region

Aquatic bird eggs are being collected for contaminants analysis. Egg collections in the Peace-Athabasca Delta area support Parks Canada’s activities at Wood Buffalo National Park and the multi-stakeholder Peace-Athabasca Ecosystem Monitoring Program. This monitoring activity employs repeated censuses of birds and builds on initial egg collections made in 2009 from Egg Island (Lake Athabasca) and Wood Buffalo National Park, with the goal of evaluating contaminant burdens, contaminant sources and changes in sources through time. Egg samples are collected from colonial waterbirds California Gulls (Larus californicus), Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus), Ring-billed Gulls (Larus delawarensis), Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) and Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) and insectivorous birds Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia), Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) and Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) to monitor health and contaminant levels of aquatic and terrestrial birds in the oil sands region and in reference areas. The samples collected are analysed for oil sands-related contaminants including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals such as mercury (Hg) and arsenic (As).

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Scientific Publication - Mercury trends in colonial waterbird eggs downstream of the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada Guide PDF English Access
Scientific Publication - Metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in colonial waterbird eggs from Lake Athabasca and the Peace-Athabasca Delta, Canada. Guide CSV English Access
Wild Bird Health and Contaminants Data (English) Dataset CSV English Access
Wild Bird Health and Contaminants Data (French) Dataset CSV French Access
Wild Bird Health and Contaminants Web Service ESRI REST English Access
Wild Bird Health and Contaminants Web Service ESRI REST French Access
WMS Web Service WMS English Access
WMS Web Service WMS French Access

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