Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Lesser scaup forage on zebra mussels at Cook Nuclear Plant, Michigan
Mitchell, C. A., and Carlson, J., 1993, Lesser scaup forage on zebra mussels at Cook Nuclear Plant, Michigan: Journal Of Field Ornithology, v. 64, no. 2, p. 219-222.
Nineteen of 21 Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) entrained while foraging at the water intake structures of Cook Nuclear Plant, Bridgman, Michigan had consumed zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha). The average number of zebra mussels in the upper gastrointestinal tract was 260; maximum number was 987. Migrating Lesser Scaup found this new food source during the first winter following settlement of zebra mussels on the water intake structures of the power plant.
Aythya-affinis, foraging-behavior, Dreissena-polymorpha, food-consumption, USA,-Michigan, aquatic-birds, predation, fouling-organisms