During September and October, mi- grating sora rails (Porzana carolina) use tidal marshes of the Patuxent River in Maryland, where they have been hunted for many years. Spent shot accumulates in the marsh during the rail hunting sea- son, and some shot is ingested by the birds. Twelve percent of gizzards from rails collected at the marsh during 1965- 73 contained lead shot (Artmann and Martin 1975). Effects of ingested lead on waterfowl are well documented (Bellrose 1959), although effects on other species of wild birds are not well known. In this note we report lead residues in liver and bone tissues of sora rails collected at the Patuxent River marshes in 1976.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Lead residues in sora rails from Maryland|
|Series title||Journal of Wildlife Management|
|Contributing office(s)||Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center|