For his keen detective work on the causes of death to New
York's wildlife, state wildlife pathologist Ward Stone has received
a special award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs commended the seasoned
scientist for the quality of his research, which has led to
restrictions being placed on diazinon and other pesticides linked
to bird and animal deaths.
“To your credit, these data have been used and continue to
be used in many of the agency's (evaluations of risk) for individual
pesticides,” said a letter from Elizabeth Leovey, acting director
of the EPA's Environmental Fate and Effects Division. “Your
data has been of the highest quality.”
Recently, Stone has been at the forefront of the state's West
Nile virus response plan. His laboratory in Delmar is where
birds suspected of carrying the virus are autopsied.
Stone’s tracking of the West Nile virus recently led to another
discovery — that many birds statewide are dying of pesticides,
including rat poisons. Other important findings in his 31-year
career include research that showed that Amtrak trains were
killing bald eagles.
“This (award) will further motivate me to keep going and increase
our efforts to identify and document the environmental hazards
decimating bird populations and other wildlife,” said Stone.
Article appeared in the Times Union in the Capital Region Section,
Page: B7 on Thursday, September 27, 2001 and was written by
Dina Cappiello, Staff writer
Printed in the October/November, 2001 Newsletter