Sugarloaf hosts presentation on mercury testing on birds of prey

Sugarloaf, the North Shore Stewardship Association is hosting “Testing for mercury in birds of prey” this Saturday, March 14.

Mercury levels vary across species and within species. While mercury levels are widely studied in birds, there is relatively little known about mercury levels in wild birds of prey.

Join UMD graduate student, Ted Keyel at 10 am on March 14 at Sugarloaf Cove as he describes his work collecting and analyzing breast feathers for mercury content from raptors banded at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, MN. The goal of this study is to create a baseline data set of mercury levels in raptors.

Sugarloaf Cove is located at milepost 73 on Minnesota Highway 61, about 70 miles north of Duluth and 6 miles south of Schroeder. For directions or more information, contact Executive Director Molly Thompson at 218-525-0001.

Free but donations are appreciated.

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