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Ospreys 'thriving' in Chesapeake despite lingering toxins, study funds

Ospreys 'thriving' in Chesapeake despite lingering toxins, study funds

Though traces of chemicals like the pesticide DDT are still being passed on to new generations of ospreys, the birds of prey are faring well in the Chesapeake Bay, researchers have found.

A three-year study led by the U.S. Geological Survey found residues of long-banned toxins in osprey eggs. Researchers also found ospreys are facing ongoing exposure to chemicals used as flame retardants and in pharmaceutical products.

The ospreys are nevertheless faring well, according to the study published April 1 in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

"Osprey populations are thriving almost everywhere in the Chesapeake," Rebecca Lazarus, a...

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