April 2019 project on Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Raptors

To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: April 2019 project on Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Raptors
From: "David McDonald (personal)" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2019 22:20:21 +0000
Con's question is a good one, here is Jake's response:
'Yes the project includes owl species. We have found in a previous similar project that Barn Owls were the most common species collected. Many thanks to you and your members for your support.'
Best wishes - David

On 2019-04-02 19:20, Con Boekel wrote:

Hi David

Normally I would assume that raptores do not include owls, however there is evidence that owls are being affected by eating rats and mice affected by baits.

Does Jake want dead owls as well as dead raptores?



On 4/2/2019 7:13 PM, David McDonald (personal) wrote:
Greetings. COG has been approached by Jake Gillen, ACT Government Conservation Research Ecologist. He writes:

I work with the Conservation Research Unit of the ACT Government. We are currently running a project through April 2019 which aims to collect dead or euthanized raptors. We will subsequently extract livers and send them to Edith Cowan University for anticoagulant analysis. The aim of the project is to determine the extent of anticoagulant rodenticides within the raptor population in Canberra.

Would it be possible for you please to alert your members to be on the lookout for dead and relatively fresh specimens throughout April and to keep them frozen until we can collect them? I can be contacted via the email address m("","Jake.Gillen");"> and via 6205 5290.

Please contact Jake or his colleague Melissa Snape, phone 0418693723 or email m("","melissa.snape");"> , to arrange for them to pick up any dead raptors that you come across this month.

Best wishes - David

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