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An American white pelican sits on its nest and chicks on Big Island on Minnesota's Marsh Lake on May 9. That island alone is home to an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 pelican nests. Researchers are trying to determine whether pelicans carry residue from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. ANN ARBOR MILLER | MPR News 91.3 FM

Researchers track Gulf spill effect in Minnesota birds

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APPLETON - Pollutants from the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago are showing up in Minnesota birds that migrate to the gulf.


Researchers for the state Department of Natural Resources have found evidence of petroleum compounds and the chemical used to clean up the oil in the eggs of pelicans nesting in Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

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