Nowhere is an understanding of the linkages between
terrestrial and aquatic environments more critical to resource quality, sustainability and management than in the Great Lakes region. With nearly 9,500
miles of shoreline, the Great Lakes are aquatic systems dominated by their coastal watersheds.
• Restoration of the Great Lakes ecosystem has received increasing attention in the local, state and national levels in recent years as an essential approach for securing a healthy environment and prosperous economy for the region and the nation. >>
• Mercury pollution can threaten the health of people, fish, and wildlife everywhere, from industrial sites to remote corners of the planet. Learn more about other Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, conference findings. >>
•Assessing the Ecological Risk of Mercury Exposure to Common Loons Long-lived piscivores (those who feed on fishes) and other predators atop aquatic food webs are at greatest risk for elevated methylmercury exposure, accumulation, and toxicity. These species include birds such as common loons, bald eagles, osprey, and kingfishers. Non-piscivorous terrestrial species (such as granivorous and insectivorous birds) generally have lower exposure to methylmercury. >>