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Contaminant Concentrations in Eggs of Double-crested Cormorants and Forster’s Terns from San Francisco Bay: 2002-2012

John R.M. Ross, Jay A. Davis, Philip Trowbridge, Jennifer Sun, Joshua T. Ackerman, Terrence Adelsbach, Collin A. Eagles-Smith, C. Alex Hartman, Mark P. Herzog, David B. Crane, G. Brooks, C. Navaroli, L. Phillips | May 2, 2016
Summary

The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay (RMP) conducted an Exposure and Effects Pilot Study (EEPS) to monitor contaminant exposure and effects in Bay wildlife. Avian egg monitoring is one tool that was piloted in the EEPS and retained as an element of RMP Status and Trends monitoring. Avian eggs from two species have been monitored: Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus), a sentinel species for the open waters of the Bay, and Forster’s Terns (Sterna forsteri), a sentinel species for shallow-water habitats on the Bay margins, including managed ponds.

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The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay (RMP) conducted an Exposure and Effects Pilot Study (EEPS) to monitor contaminant exposure and effects in Bay wildlife. Avian egg monitoring is one tool that was piloted in the EEPS and retained as an element of RMP Status and Trends monitoring. Avian eggs from two species have been monitored: Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus), a sentinel species for the open waters of the Bay, and Forster’s Terns (Sterna forsteri), a sentinel species for shallow-water habitats on the Bay margins, including managed ponds.

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Keywords:

ecosystem management, monitoring, pollutants, Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, water quality