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New Publication and Model Estimates Risk to Birds from Ingesting Lead Shot and Contaminated Grit
Northeast Region, March 21, 2011
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Spent lead shot at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, John Battista
Spent lead shot at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, John Battista - Photo Credit: n/a
X-ray of lead shot in Canada goose, courtesy of Tufts Veterinary School
X-ray of lead shot in Canada goose, courtesy of Tufts Veterinary School - Photo Credit: n/a

The EPA's Environmental Risk Assessment Support Center (ERASC) has published a new online document and model Assessment of Methods for Estimating Risk to Birds from Ingestion of Contaminated Grit Particles.  The document evaluates the approaches used to estimate risk to birds from ingesting granulated pesticides and lead shot/fragments, and provides a desktop model for users. Risk calculations are used to determine the risk of mortality to birds and in the development of cleanup goals for shooting ranges. Shooting ranges are located on or adjacent to several National Wildlife Refuges in the northeast, including Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Patuxent Research Refuge. 

 

This document was written and published by EPA and peer reviewed by other scientists, including Sherry Krest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office.  The paper and downloads are available at http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=188554#Download.  

 

For more information contact:

Sherry Krest

410/573-4525

sherry_krest@fws.gov


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



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