Lead residues in sora rails from Maryland

Journal of Wildlife Management
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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 type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Lead residues in sora rails from Maryland
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
DOI 10.2307/3807994
Volume 44
Issue 2
Year Published 1980
Language English
Publisher Wildlife Society
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 3 p.
First page 525
Last page 527