The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it receives dozens of reports of sick and dying birds.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, sick and dying songbirds have been found in over 65 counties of Indiana. On July 2, the mysterious disease killed numerous birds in 53 counties. Currently, dying and sick birds are present in Allen, Benton, Bartholomew, Brown, Boone, Cass, Carroll, Clay, Clark, Crawford, Clinton, Decatur, Dearborn, Delaware, DeKalb, Elkhart, Dubois, Floyd, Fayette, Gibson, Fulton, Greene, Grant, Hancock, Hamilton, Hendricks, Harrison, Howard, Henry, Jackson, Huntington, Jay, Jasper, Johnson, Jefferson, LaGrange, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lake, Madison, Lawrence, Marshall, Marion, Morgan, Monroe, Noble, Newton, Orange, Ohio, Parke, Owen, Pulaski, Porter, Randolph, Putnam, Rush, Ripley, St. Joseph, Shelby, Sullivan, Starke, Union, Tippecanoe, Vigo, Vanderburgh, Washington, Warrick, Whitley, and White.
Species That Have Been Affected
Species that have been affected by the disease include blue jay, the American robin, brown-headed cowbird, European starling, common grackle, sparrow, northern cardinal, house finch, red-headed woodpecker, and wren. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says that all birds were tested negative for West Nile virus, avian influenza and other flaviviruses, Salmonella and Chlamydia (bacterial pathogens), Trichomonas parasites, herpesviruses, poxviruses, Newcastle disease virus, and other paramyxoviruses. This means the disease is new, so people have to remove their birdfeeders as soon as possible.
Recommendations for People Living in Indiana
I’ve never seen them exhibit the gooey eyes and crustiness in addition to the neurological symptoms.
Natural Resources ornithologist Allisyn Gillet said.
The fact that it’s happening kind of, in pretty different parts of the country, means that there’s probably something more complex going on.
Daniel Becker is a researcher at Indiana University. He says that migration may not play a big role in the spread of this disease, but depending on the time of the epidemic, people may have to take serious measures. “Birds, in general, have been in decline. Three billion birds have been lost since the 1970s,” Daniel Becker revealed. “It’s just like another threat that they have to face, they’ve been facing threats for decades now.”
The Department of Natural Resources lists these recommendations for anyone who experiences dead or sick wild birds on their property.
1. You should use the Natural Resources’ sick/dead wildlife reporting tool at on.IN.gov/sickwildlife to alert Natural Resources staff.
2. You shouldn’t feed your wild birds or songbirds until the mortality event is concluded.
3. It is integral to clean feeders and baths regularly. Removal of feeders is highly recommended. You may clean them with a 10% bleach solution.
4. There is no need to handle birds. If you have to do so, you must wear disposable gloves.
5. Place dead birds in sealable plastic bags and dispose of them with great care.
6. Keep your children and pets away from dead and sick birds as a precaution.
The department is tracking the number of sick and dying birds on its website.
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