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Duckling survival was positively related to growth ratio (P < 0.001). We analyzed total mercury (Hg) in six macro-invertebrate and one fish species representing Clapper Rail diets from four tidal-marshes in San Francisco Bay, California. The upper body Based on the dose-response curves and LC(50)s, we ranked species according to their sensitivity to injected methylmercury. The bird formerly known as the California clapper rail. Capture site was the most important factor influencing mercury concentrations in birds, followed by species and sex. The large Clapper Rail is abundant in saltwater marshes and mangrove swamps from the U.S. East Coast to Central America and the Caribbean. These results suggest that contaminated sediments can be a significant source of Hg, especially organic mercury, to marine suspension feeders and that CH3Hg(II) is assimilable from all major sedimentary components. Other changes in these habitats may also have a large influence on food web MeHg, including temperature changes due to global warming, sea level rise, food web alterations due to introduced species and other causes, and changes in sediment supply. 2008. Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris, a bird of mainly coastal marshes, was split into three species, and King Rail Rallus elegans of the eastern U.S. was split into two. provide an important model for evaluating the extent Our study provides parameter estimates that are essential for modeling growth and survival of mallard ducklings. Otherwise, directional trends for Hg in forage fish were not observed. Instead, sex and year were the most important factors explaining mercury concentrations in breast feathers (9.57+/-8.23 microg/g fresh wt), and sex was the most important factor for head feathers (6.94+/-7.04 microg/g fresh wt). Polychaete worms are abundant in many mudflats but their importance to coastal food web Hg biomagnification is not known. This year-class was slower growing and in poorer condition than other year-classes. The feather isotope and contaminant values provided the measure of marsh function and health ( Novak et al. JSTOR®, the JSTOR logo, JPASS®, Artstor®, Reveal Digital™ and ITHAKA® are registered trademarks of ITHAKA. Body masses of adult loons and Hg concentrations in the blood of loons and in small fish were greater in the Maritimes. We have examined this perceived conflict and propose strategies for moderating harmful effects of restoration while meeting the needs of both endangered species and the imperiled native marsh ecosystem. Mercury concentrations were highest for both species at the southern end of San Francisco Bay, especially in salt pond A8 (stilts: 3.31 microg g(-1) ww; avocets: 0.58 microg g(-1) ww). (Ed. In 1926, A. J. Past inputs have been thoroughly mixed throughout this shallow and dynamic estuary. terrestrial vegetation was apparently conducive to pike reproductive success only in the 1st yr after inundation. Unlike Cd, Co, and Ag, there was little (<10%) desorption of 203Hg from particles at pH 5 (to simulate the behavior of food-bound metals in the acidic gut of bivalves), and it did not influence Hg assimilation in mussels. A total of 24 potential metrics were examined for each of four vegetation zones at the study In 2005 and 2006, we collected blood and feathers from 122 Forster's terns and radio-marked and tracked 72 terns to determine locations of dietary mercury uptake. Because groups with Interannual variation and long-term trends were determined by monitoring Hg bioaccumulation during September-November, for topsmelt (Atherinops affinis) and Mississippi silverside (Menidia audens) at six sites, over six years (2005 to 2010). The assimilation efficiencies (AE) in mussels were very low for Hg(II) (1−9%) but were typically >30% for CH3Hg(II) and as high as 87%. Invertebrates Flooding was a minor factor, reducing the number of eggs available to hatch by only 2.3%. The growth of the adult pike population appeared to be limited by forage fish abundance, but variations in feeding on fish were largely unexplained and were probably due to natural variation. The California clapper rail is a largish, brownish endangered marsh bird with carrot-stick legs and a long, glowing-orange bill. replicate 0.1 m2 Van Veen grabs. Understanding detection and accuracy of elusive, rare, or imperiled species improves density estimates and aids in monitoring and conservation efforts. Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online. Loon productivity decreased as Hg exposure increased. 2012; Nonindigeneous aquatic species in a United States estuary: a case study of the San Francisco Bay and Delta, A Report for the U.S. Clapper Rails are opportunistic and omnivorous, eating whatever's available including crabs, crustaceans, fish, eggs, and plant matter. variation in community structure among sites. Avocets primarily used salt ponds, tidal marshes, tidal flats, and managed marshes, whereas stilts mainly used salt ponds, managed marshes, and tidal marshes. In order to find them, Vivian Bui scans the air with a big metal antenna, attached to a receiver, while she listens through big headphones. Our results suggest that variation in blood mercury concentrations among sites was attributed to differences in foraging areas, and species differences in habitat use and foraging strategies may increase mercury exposure in stilts more than avocets. The journal holds an Impact Factor of 2.722, making it the top-ranked journal in the field of ornithology. The δ202Hg of subtidal sediment in SF Bay systematically changed between pre-mining, circa 1960, and surface sediment. The probability of detecting a shell when present was 67.4 ± 3.0%, but it decreased with the increasing litter depth and fewer number of shells present. Breeding terns are likely to be even more at risk because blood mercury concentrations more than tripled during the 45-d prebreeding time period. Ridgway's rail (Rallus obsoletus) is a near-threatened species of bird. However, removal of invasive Spartina caused substantial decreases in California rail populations. the definitive assessment tool for Lake Huron coastal wetlands. 2012; 31: 2399-2407. The seasonal patterns may relate to seasonal shifts in net MeHg production in the contrasting habitats of the species. The Birds of North America Online. 332-341. In contrast, topsmelt concentrations tended to peak in late winter or early spring and silverside seasonal fluctuations varied among sites. Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris). 2011;Rush et al. Despite mean clutch sizes of 6.7 and 6.9 in the North and South bays, respectively, clapper rails produced only 1.9 and 2.5 young per nesting attempt. Loon Hg exposure, measured either as Hg levels in female loon blood or in fish prey, appeared to impose an upper limit on loon productivity. Efforts to recover the California Ridgway’s Rail (Rallus obsoletus obsoletus; hereafter, California rail), a federally and state-listed species, and restoration of tidal marsh ecosystems in the San Francisco Bay estuary provide a prime example of habitat restoration that has conflicted with species conservation. ; n = 6). ; n = 5). Biologists have identified the marsh animals usually eaten by clapper rails, and most are common along tidal sloughs. Of these, 14 successfully discriminated between sites and were used to generate a preliminary index of biotic integrity primary rivers used for spawning. Diet. of aquatic invertebrates (Ps < 0.001) and negatively related to variance in the daily minimum air temperature during the exposure period (Ps < 0.020). Striped bass from the Bay have the highest average Hg concentration measured for this species in USA estuaries, and this degree of contamination has been constant for the past 40 years. However, research is needed to assess the, The Ascension-Monterey canyon system, located in the vicinity of Monterey Bay about 160 km south of San Francisco, is the largest seafloor physiographic feature on the continental margin of California. This wetland is situated in a habitat migration corridor and hosts a variety of shore birds, including the endangered California Ridgeway’s (Clapper) Rail. Our results show that denser California rail populations occur in invasive Spartina than in native Spartina in San Francisco Bay. This species is closely related to the clapper rail, and until recently was considered a subspecies. Although the previously published embryotoxic threshold of mercury in game farm mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) has been used as a default value to protect wild species of birds, we found that, relative to other species, mallard embryos are not very sensitive to injected methylmercury; their LC(50 )was 1.79 microg/g mercury on a wet-weight basis. (Len Blumin/Flickr)An endangered bird that lives in the Bay Area is not what scientists thought it was. The MeHg demethylation rates were relatively low and the depth profiles of the rates were relatively constant over season, site, and depth. In addition to protocols for clapper rail surveys and seasonal timing of cordgrass control Appearance. The Yuma clapper rail was listed as endangered on March 11, 1967 pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1966. These results illustrate the importance of short-term temporal variation in small fish Hg concentrations for both Hg monitoring programs and assessing wildlife risk. (Ed. Here we calibrate and compare the performance of five indices: the Benthic Response Index (BRI), Benthic Quality Index (BQI), Relative Benthic Index (RBI), River Invertebrate Prediction and Classification, The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography Fish trawl survey of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA, provides a unique weekly time series of fish and invertebrate abundances over the last five decades (1959-present). this study, we measure species composition and In particular, management techniques that control water to provide fresh (<0.5 ppt) and intermediate (0.5–5 ppt) marsh in a landscape dominated by brackish and saline marsh. San Francisco Bay (California, USA) and its local watersheds present an interesting case study in estuarine mercury (Hg) contamination. The California Ridgway’s rail Rallus obsoletus obsoletus (hereafter California rail) is a secretive marsh bird endemic to tidal marshes in the San Francisco Bay (hereafter bay) of California. The light-footed clapper rail (Rallus longirostris levipes) is found exclusively in salt marshes between Santa Barbara, California and San Quintin Bay, Baja California, Mexico. However, novel or enhanced functions provided by invading species may reduce the impact of processes that limit populations. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. These spatial patterns for Hg matched patterns reported previously in Clapper Rail blood from the same four marshes. We organized a collection of historical (1885-1940) and modern (2005-2014) rail feathers and analyzed the feather isotope means for delta carbon (δ¹³C), sulfur (δ³⁴S), and nitrogen (δ¹⁵N) by region and time period. San Pablo Bay is an estuary, within northern San Francisco Bay, containing elevated sediment mercury (Hg) levels because of historic loading of hydraulic mining debris during the California gold-rush of the late 1800s. generalist species adapted to disturbance at the river site to a more trait-diversified community of specialist species adapted to stability and biotic interaction in hydrologically disconnected floodplain sites. of all organisms detected and had a mean bay-wide Mercury was the only significant contaminant common to all marshes. abundance and 45 % of total species richness. submarine canyons: Ascension, Año Nuevo, Cabrillo, Soquel, Monterey, and Carmel. Environmental conditions, namely flow and how it manipulates habitat connectivity, appeared to affect δ13C. (See photo above) Once flushed, they can frequently be approached. California Clapper Rails (Rallus longirostris obsoletus) are an endangered waterbird that forage in tidal-marsh habitats that pose risks from mercury exposure. For mallards, chickens, and ring-necked pheasants (all species for which we could compare the toxicity of our injected methylmercury with that of published reports where methylmercury was fed to breeding adults and was deposited into the egg by the mother), we found the injected mercury to be more toxic than the same amount of mercury deposited naturally by the mother. Benthic fish THg and MeHg (%MeHg) concentrations ranged widely from 10.8 to 618 and 2.90 to 529 ng/g dry weight (22.9-93.9%), respectively. After considering the available data, the authors propose three screening benchmarks of 0.1, 0.18, and 0.4 µg g(-1) wet weight MeHg in prey fish. dominate fish assemblages in the canyon heads and occur in all types of habitats. Our results highlight the need to integrate Fish THg concentrations (μg/g dry weight ± standard error) differed by up to 7.4× among estuary habitats. These values are similar to the food web magnification factors of benthic organisms and lower than those of pelagic organisms of various coastal marine environments. 2006;Fournier et al. Fish Hg was not related to abundance of surrounding wetland cover but was elevated in some watersheds draining from historic Hg mining operations. Blood Hg concentrations in adult and juvenile loons decreased with lake pH and increased with Hg levels in fish prey. Winter, spring and early summer species’ seasonal distributions shifted later in the year while fall species moved earlier in the latter half of the time series. Mean lake pH was higher in Wisconsin than in the Maritimes. California Clapper Rails (Rallus longirostris obsoletus) are an endangered waterbird that forage in tidal-marsh habitats that pose risks from mercury exposure. Other species we categorized as also exhibiting relatively low sensitivity to injected methylmercury (their LC(50)s were 1 microg/g mercury or higher) were the hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), lesser scaup (Aythya affinis), Canada goose (Branta canadensis), double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), and laughing gull (Larus atricilla). Movements and activity patterns of the light-footed clapper rail. These data illustrate the importance of space use and tissue type in interpreting mercury concentrations in birds. wetlands used to generate the IBI as well as the five additional wetlands. This item is part of JSTOR collection Thus, Hg stable isotopes can be used to trace sediment transport in locations that are impacted by multiple anthropogenic Hg sources. 2008;Rohmer 2010;Overton et al. Nesting occurs primarily in dense cordgrass, wrack deposits, and in hummocks of high marsh within the low marsh zone [1]. Growth of the transplanted mussels had a diluting effect on the mercury concentration, but the absolute weight of mercury uptake increased throughout the entire period, though there was a tendency for decreased efficiency of the removal of mercury per liter of water filtered by the mussels. This review presents some of the published and other important literature on mercury contamination in San Francisco Estuary. These preliminary data indicate that wetlands surrounding San Pablo Bay represent important zones of MeHg production, more so than similarly Hg-contaminated adjacent open-water areas. It is found principally in California's San Francisco Bay to southern Baja California.A member of the rail family, Rallidae, it is a chicken-sized bird that rarely flies. A preliminary investigation of benthic microbial Hg cycling was conducted in surface sediment (0-4 cm) collected from one salt-marsh and three open-water sites. A deeper profile (0-26 cm) was evaluated at one of the open-water locations. La contaminación pareció influenciar negativamente el éxito reproductivo, como lo evidencian las deformidades, hemorragias en los embriones, posiciones inadecuadas de los embriones, disminución en la habilidad de eclosionar, concentraciones en exceso de mercurio, bario y cromo por encima de los umbrales tóxicos conocidos para los embriones de las aves y una correlación de las deformidades con concentraciones elevadas de algunos elementos halladas en los huevos que no eclosionaron. Additionally, the clapper rail is highly dependent on available fiddler crab, with other prey only supplementing the bird’s diet. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, California. This assessment, conducted in four breeding seasons (1991, 1992, 1998, 1999), determined that productivity of California Clapper Rails was much reduced over the natural potential. The highest richness of functional groups was found in the river site, reflecting its highest habitat heterogeneity. duration and frequency (surrogates of hydrological disturbance), dissolved solids (surrogate of confinement) and nitrate concentration (surrogate of agricultural pressure). The California clapper rail is a noisy, rare bird that looks a little like a small chicken and only lives in marshes around San Francisco Bay. Estuaries are globally important areas for methylmercury bioaccumulation because of high methylmercury production rates and use by fish and wildlife. Davis. California rail populations were in substantial decline when the non-native Spartina was initially introduced as part of efforts to recover tidal marshes. For terms and use, please refer to our Terms and Conditions We do not recommend use of the presented IBI as contribution of NIS to species richness was at least Signatures of δ(13)C were correlated to the organic Hg % rather than total Hg. Our results highlight the importance of habitat and exposure timing, in addition to trophic position, on waterbird Hg bioaccumulation and risk. Mercury concentrations among individual taxa ranged from lowest at Colma Creek (mean range: 0.09-0.2μg/gdw) to highest at Cogswell (0.2-0.7), Laumeister (0.2-0.9) and Arrowhead Marshes (0.3-1.9). The marsh exhibited a methylation/demethylation (M/D) ratio more than 252 that of all open-water locations. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC and The National Sea Grant College Fish and Wildlife Service, 1849 C Street, NW Impoundment had a pronounced but transient effect on pike reproductive success. 227. San Francisco Bay is contaminated by mercury (Hg) due to historic and ongoing sources, and has elevated Hg concentrations throughout the aquatic food web. Accordingly, radiotelemetry data revealed that Forster's terns generally remained near their site of capture and foraged in nearby salt ponds, managed and tidal marshes, and tidal flats. Hg levels in male, female and juvenile loons were 22, 16 and 2.3 times greater than those in small fish. Capture site and capture date were the most important factors explaining variation in blood mercury concentrations (geometric mean +/- standard error: 1.09+/-0.89 microg/g wet wt), followed by sex and year. macrofauna was sampled in the high salinity, muddy I have just looked at the BNA account for Clapper Rail. Internal net production of MeHg is the dominant source of MeHg that enters the food web. For topsmelt and silverside, the variability explained by year was relatively low compared to sampling station, suggesting that interannual variation is not a strong influence on Hg concentrations. dominate several key attributes of the soft-sediment For 23 species we had adequate data to calculate the median lethal concentration (LC(50)). Model averaged annual survival rates within hybrid Spartina dominated marshes before eradication (Ŝ = 0.466) were greater than the same marshes posttreatment (Ŝ = 0.275) and a marsh dominated by native vegetation (Ŝ = 0.272). Deep subtidal sediments with pre-mining THg concentrations (less than 60 ng/g) have δ202Hg of − 0.98 ± 0.06‰ and Δ199Hg of 0.17 ± 0.03‰ (1 s.d. All rights reserved. -Using Biosentinels to Monitor Effects of Wetlands Restoration for the South However, several index combinations outperformed the average expert. Variations in feeding on invertebrates appeared to be due to postimpoundment increases in productivity, but these changes were insufficient to affect population parameters. NOTES ON THE FOOD OF THE CALIFORNIA CLAPPER RAIL By JAMES MOFFITT Comparatively little has been published upon the food habits of the California Clapper Rail (Rallus obsoletus obsoletus). sites. Concentrations were lowest in open bay (0.17 ± 0.02) and tidal wetlands (0.42 ± 0.02), and highest in managed seasonal saline wetlands (1.27 ± 0.05) and decommissioned high salinity salt ponds (1.14 ± 0.07). Male may feed female. SFEI Contribution #621. ), The plumage is grey-brown above and pale-cinnamon below, with brownish-grey cheeks, flanks that are barred with black and white, and a noticeable white patch under the short tail. Its upper parts are olive-brown. and International Activities. However, models with and without marsh treatment as explanatory factor for survival rates had nearly equivalent support in the observed data, lending ambiguity as to whether hybrid Spartina facilitated greater survival rates than native marshland. Esta evaluación, realizada en cuatro épocas reproductivas (1991, 1992, 1998, 1999), determinó que la productividad de R. l. obsoletus fue muy reducida con respecto a su potencial natural. California Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris obsolt us Description and Ecology Status Endangered, listed October 13, 1970. The Yuma clapper rail is the largest rail found along the lower Colorado River. Wetlands adjacent to south and central SF Bay have high THg in deeper sediment layers (> 3000 ng/g) that vary by ~ 0.6‰ in δ202Hg, presumably reflective of various anthropogenic Hg sources. This has significant implications for this and other Hg-impacted systems, where wetland expansion is currently planned. On-site field biology supervision and training. We examined the relative importance of specific sedimentary components that may exert control on the uptake of Hg(II) and CH3Hg(II) from sediments in the mussel Mytilus edulis, which is widely used in national monitoring programs as a bioindicator organism for detect ing coastal contamination. Percent Environ. Rails are considered opportunistic generalists, foraging for invertebrates as secretive marsh birds within the cover of tidal marsh vegetation ( Horak 1970;Takekawa et al. ©2000-2020 ITHAKA. ), The Birds of North America Online. Based on the estimated contribution of endmember sediment to subtidal and intertidal locations, we suggest that the subtidal Hg stable isotope record in sediment cores is consistent with historical sediment transport to, and deposition in, SF Bay. Diet. Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online. Residues of 10 detected organochlorines (OC) were low and decreased by 2 to 3-fold from 1975 to 1986-1987 for San Francisco Bay samples, whereas eggshell thickness remained unchanged and comparable to eggs collected prior to 1940. In: Poole, A. Thesis. Lessons from the past: isotopes of an endangered rail as indicators of underlying change to tidal marsh habitats, Endangered species management and ecosystem restoration: Finding the common ground, Movements of Radio-Marked California Ridgway's Rails During Monitoring Surveys: Implications for Population Monitoring, Breeding behavior and dispersal of radio-marked California Clapper Rails. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. Includes crustaceans, insects, fish. We also examine whether index performance improves when the different indices, which rely on measurement of different properties, are used in combination. The biological half-lives of mercury was 293 d for M. edulis from the chronically polluted area in contrast to only 53 d for mussels from a temporary massive mercury polluted area near a chemical deposit. California Ridgway's Rail. This suggests that organic Hg concentrations in these species were related to the carbon sources. For example, since the 1990s, hybrid Spartina (Spartina foliosa × alterniflora) has expanded throughout South San Francisco Bay, USA, supplanting native vegetation and invading mudflats. Clapper rails are secretive and difficult to observe in dense vegetation but they can be often be seen when they are crossing a tidal channel. Importantly, Hg concentrations increased with time spent in the estuary. In contrast, both rates and depths of maximum Hg methylation differed between the bottoms. Cohen, A.N., Carlton, J.T., 1995. Bimonthly water and macroinvertebrate longirostris). community structure at bay-wide scales are rare. We analyzed the spatial and temporal differences in surface sediment profiles of MeHg concentration, Hg methylation, MeHg demethylation, and concentrations of sulfide and oxygen between accumulation and erosion type bottoms. Surf scoter concentrations tripled over six months, whereas Forster's terns showed an up to 5-fold increase between estuary arrival and breeding. based on invertebrate data collected the following year. Ackerman, J.T., Marvin-Di Pasquale, M., Slotton, D.G., Eagles-Smith, C.A., Herzog, We analyzed total mercury (Hg) in six macro-invertebrate and one fish species representing Clapper Rail diets from four tidal-marshes in San Francisco Bay, California. When evading discovery, clapper rails typically freeze, hide in small sloughs or under overhangs. Fish Hg concentrations varied substantially over time following a quadratic form in both species, increasing 40% between March and May then decreasing 40% between May and July. Our results suggest that despite managed wetlands' limited abundance within estuaries, they may be disproportionately important habitats of Hg risk to coastal wildlife. With a personal account, you can read up to 100 articles each month for free. Contribution of non-native species to soft-sediment marine community structure of San Francisco Bay,... Estimating factors influencing the detection probability of semiaquatic freshwater snails using quad... Development of a preliminary invertebrate index of biotic integrity for Lake Huron coastal wetlands. Recovery Plan for Tidal Marsh Ecosystems of Northern and Central analysis of trait structures in wetlands aligned along a lateral hydrological gradient showed that community composition changed from a rich and abundant invertebrate community dominated by Worms feeding on deeper sediments contained the greatest MeHg concentrations (69.6 μg kg(-1)).

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