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Released: 17-Jun-2022 10:55 AM EDT
Scientists Say Global Biodiversity Framework Falls Short on Chemicals and Other Contaminants
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

BRI is part of an international group of scientists who published a joint letter in Science, just prior to the next round of international negotiations on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This letter urges more attention to the diversity of contaminants that pollute the environment and adversely impact biodiversity.

Released: 28-Jan-2022 4:05 PM EST
New Study Shows High Levels of Mercury in the Peruvian Amazon
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

New study Amazon forests capture high levels of atmospheric mercury pollution from artisanal gold mining published in Nature Communications. An international team of researchers documented substantial mercury accumulation in soils, biomass, and resident songbirds in some of the Amazon’s most protected and biodiverse areas.

Newswise: Biodiversity Research Institute Announces Publication of New Scientific Paper on the Benefits of Savanna Fire Management in Africa
Released: 9-Dec-2021 12:15 PM EST
Biodiversity Research Institute Announces Publication of New Scientific Paper on the Benefits of Savanna Fire Management in Africa
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), announces the publication of the scientific paper Savanna fire management can generate enough carbon revenue to help restore Africa’s rangelands and fill Protected Area funding gaps in the December issue of the journal One Earth. The new study builds on a history of collaborative and independent research by BRI, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Soils for the Future, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) that has culminated in this paper, which quantifies the benefits of savanna fire management in Africa.

Released: 20-Oct-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Biodiversity Research Institute to Lead Avian Research on $7.5 M Grant from the Department of Energy
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) is part of a collaborative team, led by Duke University, that has received a total of $7.5 million to assess the risks that offshore wind energy development along the East Coast may pose to birds, bats, and marine mammals. BRI’s role is to lead the avian research components for the five-year project Wildlife and Offshore Wind (WOW): A Systems Approach to Research and Risk Assessment for Offshore Wind Development from Maine to North Carolina.

Released: 15-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
New Study Shows High Mercury Levels in Indigenous Latin American Women
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Women in three Latin American countries who rely on fish for protein and live in proximity to gold mining activity have been found to have elevated mercury levels, according to a new study, Mercury Exposure of Women in Four Latin American Gold Mining Countries. The study was conducted by the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) together with Biodiversity Research Institute.

   
Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Biodiversity Research Institute Announces New Consulting Division: BRI Environmental
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute announces the formation of its new environmental consulting services division—BRI Environmental offering a full suite of services for evaluating and permitting renewable energy development projects, infrastructure projects, marine installations, as well as residential and commercial development.

Released: 23-Nov-2020 4:05 PM EST
The Impact of Mercury in New York State
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute announced that a series of scientific studies that assessed the impact of mercury on air, water, fish, and wildlife in New York State was published in the journal Ecotoxicology, an international journal devoted to presenting critical research on the effects of toxic chemicals on people and the environment.

Released: 15-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Impact of Mercury on North American Songbirds
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Fifteen papers have recently been published in a special issue of the journal Ecotoxicology. Findings: at least 58 songbird species show demonstrated effects from mercury. The journal’s October 2020 issue presents results of field, laboratory, and museum studies—from Alaska to Maine to Puerto Rico.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Biodiversity Research Institute Announces First Successful Loon Nesting in Southern Massachusetts in a Century
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute announces the successful results of its long-term loon translocation and restoration project Restore the Call: A male loon chick that was translocated in 2015 from New York to Massachusetts returned in 2018 to the region from which it fledged, and now has formed a territorial pair, nested, and successfully hatched a chick in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Released: 19-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT
BRI Publishes Results of Loon Study After North Cape Oil Spill
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) announces the publication of the scientific paper Restoration of common loons following the North Cape Oil Spill, Rhode Island, USA, in the journal Science of the Total Environment (now available online). This loon restoration study, conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a 15-year period, resulted in the acquisition or conservation easements of nearly 607,028 ha (1.5 million acres) of Maine forests and waters to support the protection of 119 loon pairs in perpetuity.

Released: 5-Jun-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Biodiversity Research Institute Announces Critical Findings From 5-Year Restore the Call Loon Research Study
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) announces results of its five-year loon study Restore the Call: a male loon chick that was translocated in 2015 from the Adirondack Park Region of New York to the Assawompsett Pond Complex (APC) in southeastern Massachusetts has returned to the APC lake from which it fledged. The identification of this loon (through color bands) marks the first confirmed account of an adult loon returning to the lake to which it was translocated, captive-reared, and then fledged.

Released: 19-Jan-2018 1:05 PM EST
BRI Publishes Chapter in Elsevier's Encyclopedia of the Anthropociene
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

The chapter, The Effects of Methylmercury on Wildlife: A Comprehensive Review and Approach for Interpretation, authored by BRI Executive Director and Chief Scientist, David Evers, was recently published in Elsevier's Encyclopedia of the Antrhopocene, 1st Edition.

Released: 21-Nov-2017 9:00 AM EST
The First Conference of Parties to the Minamata Convention
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

BRI attended the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1), which took place from September 24-29, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The theme of the Conference was "Make Mercury History."

Released: 20-Nov-2017 9:00 AM EST
Update on Restore the Call: Loon Conservation Project
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

An update on the Restore the Call including the release of eight loon chicks onto lakes in southeastern Massachusetts.

Released: 21-Aug-2017 9:00 AM EDT
BRI Announces Findings of Common Loon Translocation Study
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Portland, ME—Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has confirmed today that the translocation of loon chicks from Maine to Massachusetts has resulted in at least one loon returning to its release lake. In its fifth year of a five-year initiative funded by the Ricketts Conservation Foundation, Restore the Call is the largest Common Loon conservation study ever conducted. Research efforts have focused in three key U.S. breeding population areas from the western mountains to the Atlantic seaboard.

Released: 27-Jul-2017 9:00 AM EDT
BRI Reports Status of Common Loon Translocation Study
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) announces that translocation of loon chicks from Maine to Massachusetts is being carried out this week. During the fifth breeding season of its Restore the Call project, BRI presents a progress report of the largest Common Loon conservation study ever conducted. Funded in 2013 by the Ricketts Conservation Foundation, Restore the Call is a five-year science-based initiative to strengthen and restore loon populations within their existing and former range. Research efforts have focused in three key U.S. breeding population centers from the western mountains to the Atlantic seaboard.

Released: 13-Jul-2017 2:05 PM EDT
Researchers from Biodiversity Research Institute to Present at the 2017 International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) will participate in several capacities at the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP), to be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center July 16-21, 2017. The ICMGP is committed to better understanding and effectively managing mercury releases and emissions to decrease human and wildlife exposure. This biennial conference brings together a diversity of participants from around the globe. The theme of this year's conference is Integrating Mercury Research and Policy in a Changing World. BRI wildlife research biologists will present current mercury research in presentations and poster sessions. BRI will also host an exhibit booth (#30) in the Exhibit Hall throughout the Conference.

Released: 17-May-2017 9:00 AM EDT
BRI Reports Status of Common Loon Species in Wyoming
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute will hold its annual meeting of the Wyoming Loon Working Group in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on May 24. Collaborators from state and federal agencies, nongovernmental research and conservation groups, and local universities will meet to discuss the status of Common Loons in the state. These meetings are an integral part of Wyoming’s conservation efforts regarding loons.

Released: 19-Apr-2017 9:00 AM EDT
New Study Reveals Elevated Levels of Mercury in Women of Child Bearing Age in Pacific Island Countries
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

A new study, supported by the Minamata Convention’s Interim Secretariat hosted by UN Environment, reveals that women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries have elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.

Released: 16-Feb-2017 10:15 AM EST
Scientists Find Evidence of Alaskan Ecosystem Health in Harlequin Ducks
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

A new study led by researchers from Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) shows that Harlequin Ducks in coastal areas of Alaska’s Kodiak and Unalaska islands are exposed to environmental sources of mercury and that mercury concentrations in their blood are associated with their local food source, mainly blue mussels.

Released: 29-Nov-2016 10:00 AM EST
Wildlife Researchers Study Impact of Wind Energy, Mercury, Oil Spills and Other Human Cultural Developments on Wildlife
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

BRI's mission is to conduct scientific investigations into human impacts on the environment to better understand ecological health through the lens of animals.

Released: 14-Sep-2016 11:00 AM EDT
Biodiversity Research Institute Announces Research Results: Comprehensive Study Finds Widespread Mercury Contamination Across Western North America
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

An international team led by the U.S. Geological Survey and co-organized by Biodiversity Research Institute, recently documented widespread mercury contamination in air, soil, sediment, plants, fish, and wildlife at various levels across Western North America.

Released: 11-Aug-2016 10:05 AM EDT
Biodiversity Research Institute Announces Publication of New Scientific Paper on Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Global Mercury Treaty
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), announces the publication of the scientific paper Evaluating the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention on Mercury: Principles and recommendations for next steps, published by the journal Science of the Total Environment (now available online).

Released: 9-Aug-2016 11:05 AM EDT
Eight Researchers From Biodiversity Research Institute to Present at the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute will participate at the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference, in Washington, D.C., August 16-20. BRI biologists will present current avian research in presentations and poster sessions. BRI’s executive director, David Evers, Ph.D., will participate in a symposium on birds as indicators of ecosystem health and environmental change.

Released: 22-Jun-2016 9:00 AM EDT
BRI Reports Status of Common Loon Translocation Study
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) presents a mid-point progress report of the largest Common Loon conservation study ever conducted. Funded in 2013 by the Ricketts Conservation Foundation, Restore the Call is a five-year science-based initiative to strengthen and restore loon populations within their existing and former range. Research efforts are focusing in three key U.S. breeding population centers from the western mountains to the Atlantic seaboard.

Released: 7-Jun-2016 7:05 AM EDT
Biodiversity Research Institute Assists the United Nations with the New Global Mercury Treaty
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute, working as an executing agency for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, is now conducting Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) activities in Cabo Verde, Chad, Guatemala, Nepal, Sao Tome and Principe, and Sri Lanka. MIAs are designed to assist countries in developing strategies to ratify and ultimately implement the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Released: 13-Apr-2016 9:00 AM EDT
Biodiversity Research Institute Responds to New Wildlife Health Concern
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

In response to news of the first confirmed mortality of a Common Loon due to avian malaria in the Northeast, Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has initiated a crowd funding campaign to investigate the scope of the finding.

Released: 27-Oct-2015 8:55 AM EDT
BRI Announces the Results of Its Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project to Assess the Distribution and Abundance of Wildlife Along the Eastern Seaboard
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) and collaborators announce the results of a three-year, multi-state project that fills significant ecological data gaps on bird, marine mammal, and sea turtle distributions and movements.

   

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