Author: NCWRC blogger/Friday, August 13, 2021/Categories: Blog, Conservation, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Watching
UPDATE 9/10/2021: Good news! The outbreak affecting songbirds since May 2020 seems to be subsiding and, thanks to diligent reporting by North Carolina residents, it appears not to have notably impacted birds in our state. READ MORE.
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Orginal blog post published 8/13/2021:
In late May, biologists began to receive reports of sick and dying songbirds in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Infected birds appear to be lethargic and/or have crusty or swollen eyes.
The good news is the overall issue looks like it may be on the downswing and thankfully we have not seen many incidents in North Carolina. Only a handful of bird deaths and poor health events have been reported to our agency, and most of them look to be the typical causes of songbird death (e.g., window strikes, avian conjunctivitis spread at birdfeeders).
We continue to remain cautious and alert. We encourage the public to continue to notify us if they see unusual songbird health issues. If you find a deceased bird(s), email firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of the bird(s), including date found and location. Report sick birds to a licensed rehabilitator.
To reduce the spread of bird diseases, we recommend:
As we learn more, we will continue to share updates with the public. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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