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Mercury exposure in tidal marshes affecting breeding success of two sparrow species 


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Mercury exposure is related to a 10 percent decrease in nest survival in two tidal marsh songbird species surveyed in four states, from Maine to New Jersey, according to a new University of Maine-led study. These species have been experiencing sharp declines in this region due to sea level rise-related habitat loss and, therefore, mercury may exacerbate known climate change-driven population declines.

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