Monitoring the Health of Avian Scavengers on the Pacific Coast
In 2012, Coastal Raptors and other partners started work on a multi-year study to examine contaminant
and disease exposure in avian scavengers on coastal beaches of Washington and Oregon.
The study goals are to:
- assess the health of Bald Eagles, Common Ravens and Turkey Vultures, avian scavengers occupying
key positions at the apex of the coastal food web, and
- evaluate the risk of exposure to contaminated food sources in the critically endangered
California condor, should they be reintroduced to the Pacific Northwest.