Eagles and Hawks and Lead Poisoning

So everyone knows that lead ammunition just about wiped out the California condors. However, between lead poisoning and DDT, we nearly lost the bald eagle in the lower 48 states.

 

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Eagle in the Oak

 

I’m illustrating this little blog soapbox with some of my recent watercolors of raptors.

It only takes one of those tiny granules from a shell casing to poison a carrion-eating eagle or hawk. When a bird ingests lead, he becomes paralyzed, eventually losing the ability to breathe. Rehabilitation is sometimes possible if the raptor is treated in time.

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Lead can also be ingested by fish, thus rendering them toxic.

On his last day in office, President Obama approved a federal ban on the use of lead in ammunition.

On his first day in office, the new Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order overturning the ban.

 

 

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American Kestrel

 

 

Lead is just bad stuff. We all know what it did to the water in Flint, Michigan.

Here is a petition you can sign to reinstate the ban on lead ammunition to save some eagles, and other birds of prey.

 

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Redtail Hawk and bunny lunch

 

 

 

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About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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