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Michigan State UniversityWildlife Toxicology Laboratory

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In response to reports of deceased American robins (Turdus migratorius) being found in the St. Louis, MI area, Michigan State University – Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory (MSU-WTL) conducted a site-specific study examining the health of the local robin population as it pertained to potential exposures and effects of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) within the St. Louis, MI area. The study served the public interest by providing site-specific data for effective science-based decision-making as well as the advancement of science pertaining to environmental exposures and effects of DDTs and PBBs on wildlife.

The study carried out by the MSU-WTL was used to determine the actual exposures and population level responses of wildlife receptors. The study elucidated site-specific and congener-specific stressor exposure and population health for the American robin population. The project was conducted by a team of technicians and local volunteers.

This site was designed to provide residents, landowners, and stakeholders with information regarding our research, which was made possible by the cooperation of numerous landowners throughout the area, to whom we are extremely grateful.