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.
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.
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.
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.