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Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research

170 Possum Hollow Road

Newark, DE 19711

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Join Delaware ACS for "Evaluating the Efficacy of Surfactants for Removing Petrochemicals from Feathers" with Erica Miller.

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Title: Evaluating the Efficacy of Surfactants for Removing Petrochemicals from Feathers

Authors: Erica A. Miller, DVM and Allison Ricko

Abstract: Periodic assessment of new and reformulated detergents is necessary to ensure that the most effective products are used for decontaminating oiled wildlife. Sixteen surfactants previously determined by Ambrose & Tegtmeier (2015) to be subjectively effective at removing oil from feathers (based on appearance and water-repellency of the feather) were selected for the objective evaluation in this presentation. This study used the methods developed and described in previous studies (Bryndza et al. 1991 and Miller et al. 2003) to uniformly oil the feathers with a mixture containing components found in many petroleum spills, then subjected to a ‘washing’ and rinse process with 1%, 2%, and 3% dilutions of each of the products, and subsequent extraction and analysis of any remaining residue. Products were then evaluated subjectively in a blinded, simulated wash trial. Examination of the process and results led us to believe that experimental error may have occurred in one or more steps; therefore, we welcome feedback from the ACS members on improving our future evaluations of cleaning products.

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Title: Lead and Pesticide Toxicities in Bald Eagles

Authors: Erica A. Miller, DVM, Lisa A. Murphy, VMD, DABT, and Cristin N. Kelley, DVM

Abstract: Bald eagles have made an amazing comeback from their endangered status in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. In the last 20 years, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research has been seeing a disproportionate increase in the number of bald eagles affected by lead poisoning and carbamate poisoning. Sources of these toxicants, their effects on the birds, treatment approaches, and methods to decrease these problems in the future will be presented.

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Erica Miller holds a BS in Zoology and a DVM, both from Oklahoma State University. She was a full-time wildlife veterinarian & rehabilitator for 25 years and has been on staff at 3 veterinary schools. She now splits her time as wildlife veterinarian for the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, wildlife veterinarian (interim) for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, associate professor in wildlife medicine (adjunct) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and volunteer at Mercer County Wildlife Center and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research. She has served on the board of directors for the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, as well as the board of the Mid-Atlantic States Avian Veterinary Association, and the Delaware Humane Association, and the advisory boards for the IWRA (Illinois) and the DWRA (Delaware), and the resource board for the FWRA (Florida). She currently serves on the Endangered and Non-game Species Advisory Committee to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, the NJ Wildlife Rehabilitators Advisory Committee, the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Oiled

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