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:

  1. 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
  2. evaluate the risk of exposure to contaminated food sources in the critically endangered California Condor, should they be reintroduced to the Pacific Northwest.


Research results are published on lead and mercury exposure on the Coastal Raptors website under Research\Publications. After years of planning, California Condor reintroduction is expected to begin in northern California in the early 2020's.