Collaboration offers unique learning opportunity for local University students and Preserve staff.
Union College Professor, Dr. Jeffrey Corbin, and his students, Sonia Sandoval and Natasha Jhala have been working with Preserve Conservation Director, Neil Gifford, to investigate mercury contamination in food webs surrounding several Preserve wetlands. In 2013 and 2014, they sampled insects and spiders, as well as blood and feathers from birds. After analyzing 145 samples, they report finding low concentrations of mercury in nearly all samples. From this they conclude that the Albany Pine Bush is a relatively uncontaminated site. The project is part of the Biodiversity Research Institute’s international effort to evaluate environmental mercury contamination. To learn more about this project visit the Center for Mercury Studies at www.briloon.org.
Photo: Swamp Sparrow captured as part of this project.