...said Carrol Henderson, DNR nongame wildlife program supervisor. When ingested, lead affects a bird's nervous and reproductive systems. Birds need pebbles to help grind their food and typically are poisoned after swallowing lead with pebbles...
The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance and the DNR are partnering with retailers to offer lead tackle exchanges across Minnesota this summer. Thirty exchanges are scheduled this month, including July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new Reed's Sporting Goods in Baxter.
The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance and DNR are partnering with retailers, lake associations and outdoors groups in offering lead tackle exchanges across Minnesota.
Ingestion of just one lead sinker can poison a loon. Loons are poisoned when they ingest lead sinkers along with fish. The sinkers are ground up in the loon's stomach and the lead is absorbed into the blood and tissues, causing lead poisoning.
The image of feathers of forest green, ebony and snowy white splotches, stripes and dots and an eye of burgundy wine on rippling blue water transports you to the quietude of a northwoods lake. If you have never seen a loon up close, here's your chance. This year's stunning DNR Nongame Wildlife poster zeros in on the head of an adult with a solitary drop of water rolling off its beak.
We spend a fair amount of money, effort and time in trying to attract, feed, house, encourage, photograph and learn about our feathered friends. We even take family outings and holidays based on birds and their schedules.
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