TWS member’s loon study featured in Washington Post

A JWM study found that nearly half of New Hampshire’s loon deaths are the result of ingesting lead tackle. ©Mike’s Birds

TWS member Tiffany Grade’s Journal of Wildlife Management study on lead tackle and loon deaths in has been featured in the Washington Post. A biologist with the Loon Preservation Committee, Grade found that lead tackle was responsible for nearly half the deaths of adult common loons (Gavia immer) in New Hampshire, reducing the bird’s population in the state by 43 percent.

“A paper out earlier this year in the peer-reviewed Journal of Wildlife Management found lead fishing tackle was the leading cause of death in New Hampshire loons. Of the 253 loons that died from 1989 to 2012, the study found nearly 49 percent died from ingesting lead tackle,” the Washington Post wrote.

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