Episode Summary:

Today we are delving into the Wild Lens interview archives to bring you a conversation that I had with Dr. Mark Pokras back in 2011.  This interview was recorded for our documentary Scavenger Hunt about California condor recovery and the issue of lead poisoning of wildlife.

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 3.27.57 PMDr. Pokras is a veterinarian and a professor at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  He has been studying the impacts of lead poisoning on wildlife for close to 30 years now, and is well known for his research on loon populations in the Northeastern US and the dramatic impact that lead fishing sinkers have had on this species.

Dr. Pokras was a central character in our film Scavenger Hunt, and over the course of putting this film together he played a crucial role in not just the development of the story, but in organizing screenings and educating audiences in the Northeast.  When I come across a question related to lead poisoning of wildlife, Mark is often the first person I turn to for advice.

I’m extremely grateful to Mark for everything that he’s done for our project, and for his continued dedication to the larger issue of lead poisoning in wildlife.  I’m extremely happy to present to you here on the show, that first conversation that we had back in 2011.




Scavenger Hunt website

Tufts Wildlife Clinic

Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

More about Dr. Pokras’ research at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic


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