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Past projects

Garden bird diseases observatory

The Barcelona Zoo Foundation sponsored the creation of the Garden Bird Diseases Observatory, in which the Wildcom Research group participated in collaboration with the Catalan Institute of Ornithology (ICO), the Animal Health Research Center (IRTA-CReSA) and the Generalitat de Catalunya.

The aim was to evaluate the diseases that affect garden birds, to assess their health status, and to take appropriate mitigation measures if needed.


NSAIDs in avian scavengers

In close collaboration with biologists and bird ringing groups, such as Grup d'Anellament Calldetenes-Osona (GACO), our research projects were focussed on assessing the health status of griffon vultures in Catalonia. We mainly worked on the risk assessment of exposure to NSAIDs in avian scavengers following the registration of diclofenac for veterinary use in Spain. We also assessed the impact of antibiotic residues in carrions at supplementary feeding stations and diseases that could impact the population recovery of avian scavengers. Our projects were funded by the Morris Animal Foundation and the Fundació Zoo de Barcelona

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