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September 13, 2019

Controversial insecticides shown to threaten survival of wild birds

Environment news (via Science Daily):
New research shows how the world’s most widely used insecticides could be partly responsible for dramatic declines in farmland bird populations. In the first experiment to track effects of a neonicotinoid pesticide on birds in the wild, the team found that white-crowned sparrows who consumed small doses of imidacloprid insecticide suffered weight loss and delays to their migration — effects that could severely harm the birds’ chances of surviving and reproducing.
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