Dead Bird Nests Contain 36 Different Pesticides Including DDT

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People started expressing their concern over the findings of dead newborn birds in their nests in Florence and Brussels.

After the bird conservation association was notified, Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen and the ecological gardening association Velt began investigations that were crowd-funded. More than 1000 people sent dead baby birds and nests and by analyzing them, the results that came back were shocking.

A pesticide expert, Geert Gommers, stated that “We found a total of 36 different pesticides in 95 mesh nests.”

36 different herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and biocides were found in the birds’ nest. Traces of DDT were also found in 89 out of the 95 examined nests. DDT is an insecticide that has been banned since 1974.

The statement read that “That DDT is still present in our environment after all this time is worrying.” Gommers wrote additionally that “The tits were two weeks old at the most and had never been outside their nest…These results do not make us happy, especially because almost all nests contain one or more pesticides.”

Additional research is needed to make a link between the increased mortality of baby birds and pesticides.

Sources: achnews.org

www.brusselstimes.com

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www.tandfonline.com

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