15.The riddle of the eagle deaths is almost solved
. Germany, February 2013
In the UNESCO biosphere reserve Upper Lausitz Heath and Pond Landscape several White-tailed Eagles were found dead during the last years.
According to Dirk Weis, expert on the protection of endangered species, 11 of 21 Eagles died of lead poisoning. Two birds were poisoned by a pesticide.
Lead poisoning is still one of the most important causes of death in White-tailed Eagles in Germany (25 per cent). The birds are being poisoned by eating lead fragments in shot birds, carcasses or gut piles. Meanwhile lead shot was banned for waterfowl hunting in Saxony with intend to protect the eagles, because in this region about 50 per cent of these birds died of lead poisoning.
Source: Sächsische Zeitung, 06.02.2013, Sorge um den Seeadler in Sachsen http://www.sz-online.de/sachsen/sorge-u ... 02565.html
Upper Lausitz Heath and Pond Landscape http://unesco.de/oberlausitz.html?&L=1
Bleivergiftungen bei Seeadlern: Ursachen und Lösungsansätze http://www.seeadlerforschung.de/
Lead poisoning in White-tailed Sea Eagles: Causes and approaches to solutions in Germany; article by Oliver Krone, Norbert Kenntner, Anna Trinogga, Mirjam Nadjafzadeh, Friederike Scholz, Justine Sulawa, Katrin Totschek, Petra Schluck-Wersig and Roland Zieschank (PDF available via Google search)