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Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 360-365

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Seasonal brain acetylcholinesterase activity in three species of shorebirds overwintering in Texas

  • Christine A. MitchellAffiliated withU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  • , Donald H. WhiteAffiliated withU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

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Conclusions

There was no seasonal variation in average brain AChE activity for the 3 species of wild birds collected between October and February. Further work needs to be done, however, covering an even broader time frame which includes the reproductive cycle. It appears that some birds feeding at the mouth of an agricultural drain, at some distance from the nearest pesticide applications, were affected by AChE inhibitors.