Bird baths, feeders should be removed to stop spread of avian flu: B.C. SPCA

Discussion in 'Gardening for Backyard Biodiversity in Canada' started by Junglekeeper, May 5, 2022.

  1. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Bird feeders and bird baths at this time of year are more for people to enjoy bird activity rather than for the benefit of the birds themselves.

    Removing them temporarily is not too great a sacrifice if it helps curtail the spread of avian flu. But does it?

    I question whether it is really necessary - an abundance of caution I guess because, according to the CDC, the birds in our gardens are not affected by avian bird flu.
    “Most common songbirds or other birds found in the yard, like cardinals, robins, sparrows, blue jays, crows or pigeons, do not get infected with the bird flu viruses that can be dangerous to poultry or possibly spread to people.”

    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/avianflu/Bird-Flu-Exposure-Handout.pdf

    Avian Influenza in Birds
     

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