New York area Eagles and Mercury levels
Bald Eagles in Catskills Show Increasing Mercury
Of course, my first thought was of the Canaries in the coal mines; it always shows up in certain species first before it trickles down to us. But what will we do now, that is my question.
From the NYT
Less than two years after the bald eagle was removed from the federal government’s endangered species list, an environmental organization in Maine has found an alarming accumulation of mercury in the blood and feathers of bald eagle chicks in the Catskill Park region of New York.
Not only do I have a lovely old wreck of a house in the Catskills, but Trout fishing (and eating) are a huge draw all over the region, bringing much needed dollars and interest to the area. And what of the people who (especially these days) actually rely on seasonal venison and local fishing for feeding their families ? (and YES, I do know people who depend on the land for their food).
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