Adirondack wildlife population exposure to heavy metals and disease

Project Partner: Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, Summer 2019

Project Summary: The Adirondacks, a region usually perceived as pristine, is experiencing an increase in wildlife rehabilitation efforts. Through a partnership with the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, Tara focused on compiling health records of animals to study whether rates of heavy metal contamination and diseases are increasing in wildlife populations. The findings of Tara’s work will be applicable to the greater mission of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and inform the New York Department of Environmental Conservation of impacts of climate change, human land use, and urbanization on wildlife populations.

Project Deliverables: Policy brief on Loon mortality from lead fishing gear.


Photo by Dan Poleschook