Lead Poisoning in Birds
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The incidence of lead-poisoned raptors is a concern at TRAC.  We have therefore endorsed the idea that hunters should switch to non-lead ammunition when in the field.  Treating birds suffering from lead ingestion is a long, expensive, and often heart-breaking process.

Impacts of Lead Ammunition om Wildlife, The Environment, and Human
Health – A LITERATURE REVIEW AND IMPLICATIONS FOR MINNESOTA at http://www.researchgate.net

There are several other papers at this location including:

Effects of lead contamination at a former shooting range

Effects of lead contamination on Turkey Vultures in California

Effects of lead contamination in Bald Eagles

The persistent problem of  lead poisoning in birds from ammunition and fishing tackle

This is a fantastic website for hunters interested in understanding the reasons and benefits of switching to non-lead ammunition.
We strongly advise exploring their site and watching their videos.

Working for a Future Rich in Healthy Wildlife Populations

Hunting with Non-lead is dedicated to promoting hunting and wildlife conservation through the use of non-lead ammunition. We are hunters and wildlife biologists who recognize the common ground between hunting and wildlife conservation. It is our mission to promote the positive contributions of hunting and the use of non-lead ammunition by providing accurate information and resources to hunters and wildlife managers.

2016 Report:
US Fish and Wildlife Service
A Review and Assessment of Spent Lead Ammunition
 and Its Exposure and Effects to Scavenging Birds in the United States

Nancy H. Golden , Sarah E. Warner , and Michael J. Coffey

2015 Paper: From Scientists  at West Virginia University,
Virginia Polytechnical University, Michigan State University
and the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

Chronic Lead Exposure is Epidemic in Obligate Scavenger Populations in Eastern North America
Shannon Behmke, Jesse Fallon, Adam E. Duerr, Andreas Lehner, John Buchweitz, Todd Katzner


In the window below, there are 2 films explaining the subject.  They are
 "The Non-Lead Hunter" - by Anthony Prieto (copyright @ 2012 Anthony Prieto)
"The Hidden Menace" - by Jim Petterson, Jr. (copyright @ 2010 National Park Service)
(The Hidden Menace is a large file and may take 20  seconds or so to load depending on your imternet connection)

If your device cannot open these videos, go to the following links:

For: "The Non-Lead Hunter"
For: "The Hidden Menace"

The website (huntingwithnonlead.org) also has a number of other videos and articles on the subject as well.
(http://huntingwithnonlead.org/videos.html )

NEW  film: "The Condor's Shadow" (with Anthony Prieto)