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Pollution Carried By Migratory Birds Harms Eagles

There is a high probability that pollution which is carried to the country with migratory birds harms the sustainability of the Icelandic eagle stock, according to research conducted by the West Iceland Institute of Natural History and others.


The Arctic tern is among migratory birds that breed in Iceland. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Their research indicate that the concentration of persistent organic pollutants of chemicals like the pesticide DDT is so high in some instances that it has a negative impact on the breeding of eagles, visir.is reports.

This may explain the slow growth of the eagle stock, even though it was placed under absolute protection almost 50 years ago. Migratory birds come in contact with pollutants in their winter habitats.

Click here to read more about the eagle stock.


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