Suggested guidelines for use of avian species as biomonitors.

Abstract:

:An animal's suitability as a biomonitor of environmental change can be determined by biological, reproductive and ecological characteristics determined at the class, order and species level. The animal's habitat where the research is to be performed and the form, function and structure of the environmental change being studied within that habitat also determines suitability. Non-threatened populations of large, non-migratory, long-lived, seasonally-breeding tertiary avian predators, whose dietary preferences are narrow and known, can be useful as monitors of environmental chemical contaminants. If chemicals are being monitored, a quantifiable endpoint effect must be demonstrated in the species, or a similar species under experimental laboratory conditions. Logistical and economic issues as well as public and regulatory authority acceptance should also be considered when assessing the suitability of a species as a biomonitor.

journal_name

Environ Monit Assess

authors

Hollamby S,Afema-Azikuru J,Waigo S,Cameron K,Gandolf AR,Norris A,Sikarskie JG

doi

10.1007/s10661-006-0770-9

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2006-07-01 00:00:00

pages

13-20

issue

1-3

eissn

0167-6369

issn

1573-2959

journal_volume

118

pub_type

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