We are in the process of conducting a meta-analysis of lead-poisoned bald eagles for Northeast states and provinces. The goal is to determine if lead is impacting eagles at a population level despite increasing overall numbers.
Data have been provided from New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland, beginning with samples collected as early as 1994. Current estimates indicate that 17% of annual mortalities are due to lead poisoning. We have secured funding from Morris Animal Foundation to fund a post-doctoral fellow to conduct more intensive population modeling to assess potential impacts.