NYC Pigeons are being used as monitors to diagnose possible environmental threats to our health.

The five-year study conducted by researchers at The University of California at Davis actually makes perfect sense when you think about it.

The pigeons live in the same environment as New Yorkers. They breathe the same air, eat some of the same foods, and drink from local water sources.

Rebecca Calisi, an assistant professor at the University of California at Davis who studied 825 pigeons from various Zip codes throughout the 5 boroughs said; "The results are a powerful example of how pigeons can be used to locate pollutants."

In one portion of the study Calisi and her team found that birds collected from a specific neighborhood showed the same high lead levels as the humans that were tested from the same area. 

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