Birds

West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in at least 48 species of mosquitoes, over 320 species of birds, at least 2 species of reptiles, and more than 25 mammalian species, including horses and humans.Birds are the natural host and reservoir of WNV....
The role of wild birds in the transmission of the highly pathogenic (HPAI) strain of the H5N1 avian influenza virus currently remains unclear. The primary mode of H5N1 spread in Asia appears to be in the poultry trade, but migratory wild birds are...
There are no documented cases of humans contracting highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 from wild birds. Close contact with infected domestic poultry has been the primary way that people have become infected with the H5N1 virus.There are a few...
Based on safety reports available from the EPA, many of the pesticides being used by local agencies for mosquito control are considered to have very low toxicity to birds. For more information, contact your local health department for information on the...
The highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N1 strain of avian influenza has not been detected in the United States or anywhere in North America. Low pathogenic (low probability of creating disease) strains of avian influenza, however, are commonly present in...
Yes. In May 2005, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was detected for the first time in wild birds at Lake Qinghai, in China, where bar-headed geese (Anser indicus) died. This marked the first time since 1961 in which large numbers of wild...
This is a common problem. The bird sees the reflection and thinks it is another bird encroaching on his territory. One solution is to put a silhouette of a hawk in the window. That scares them off. Birding and nature stores sell paper cutouts that you...
Under normal conditions, humans are unlikely to be infected with West Nile Virus by handling a sick or dead animal. However, there are a number of other infections that could potentially result from handling an animal. To protect yourself from exposure...
Signs of infection in wildlife, like in humans, can range from no symptoms to severe symptoms of neurologic illness. Commonly reported signs in animals include weakness, stumbling, trembling, head tremors, inability to fly/walk, and a lack of awareness...
 As of January 2011 and since 1960*, the Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) has received over 64 million banding records. Since the inception of the North American Bird Banding Program, the BBL has received over 4 million encounter records. On average, over...