What is eBird? “A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.”
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This footage was published by veterinarian Madis Leivits. According to the YouTube info text, the eagle was found in January 2014 by hunters in a forest in Estonia. This bird exhibits symptoms of an acute lead poisoning, which was confirmed by a blood test (blood lead levels were higher than 65 micrograms/decilitre).
You want more background information on the effect of lead on humans and wildlife? I have compiled some material. See 16 February 2016 (EU: Failure to ban toxic ammunition putting bird lives at risk) viewtopic.php?f=46&t=236&p=439495#p439495
A great short film about this topic is “The Non-Lead Hunter” (Anthony Prieto). vimeo info text: “The film features Anthony on the hunt for wild pigs and speaking with a falconer and avian veterinarians who help us to understand the threat that fragments of lead ammunition pose to scavenger animals like the golden eagle. This is a story of how small changes can have big effects in preserving wildlife for future generations.” https://vimeo.com/37272263
Liz01 wrote:But it only works on Twitter and Facebook? Is it not a petition?
No, it works not only Facebook or Twitter - that´s just the simplest and quickest way. I probably should have mentioned the other option too. The details are explained on the website. In a nutshell:
The “EU’s European Chemicals Agency is currently considering a ban on the use of lead shot for hunting in wetlands. It is running an online public consultation on the issue until 21st December.”
Therefore BirdLife encourages nature lovers to participate in the European Chemicals Agency's public consultation. It's online and open to the public; the link is at the end of the website https://www.birdlife.org/banlead
“A frail Sea-Eagle was rescued in West-Iceland on Thursday by professional outdoorsman and Icelandic Snapchat star, Snorri Rafnsson. (…) Sea-Eagles are rare in Iceland and became almost extinct. The population has been well protected since the early 20th century, and is on the rise. The Sea-Eagle population consists of 75 adult pairs, a triple in population size since 1964. About 25-30 pairs are able to successfully raise offspring every year.”
Netherlands: Police eagles and rats fired from job
“The police stop the use of birds of prey to intercept unwanted drones. A year after the start of this project, it appears that this form of innovation does not have the desired result, partly because the technical development of drones is so fast. (…) In 2016, the police decided to deploy birds of prey operation against unwanted drones. The police bought sea eagle chicks to train and started training their own bird guides. (…) The self-training, keeping and deployment of the birds of prey turns out to be more complex and difficult to implement in practice than previously shown in the project. It also proved more costly. The operational demand for support is less than expected, with the underlying reason that the bird of prey could also be a safety risk because he might not be doing what he was trained for. In controlled training situations the birds of prey performed well, but what if it is 'real'?”
Since also some trained rats were not as effective as expected, both projects were stopped. According to the news release, “the birds of prey are accommodated in a suitable location where expert care is guaranteed. The rats have now found a good home.” 6 December 2017, Dutch Police/News https://www.politie.nl/nieuws/2017/dece ... atten.html
The Steadfast Tin Soldier. By Vilhelm Pedersen, public domain