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Mysterious Songbird Deaths Investigated

The Lakes and Wildlife Committee has confirmed with the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports of dying songbirds in Pennsylvania & other states. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is requesting that people discontinue feeding birds, and remove bird feeders, etc.

Below is link for more info.

http://www.vet.upenn.edu/research/centers-laboratories/research-initiatives/wildlife-futures-program

MYSTERIOUS SONGBIRD DEATHS INVESTIGATED
Public encouraged to report sightings

WHAT: Wildlife health experts from the Wildlife Futures Program (WFP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) and officials from the Pennsylvania Game Commission are investigating more than 70 general public reports of songbirds that are sick or dying due to an emerging health condition that is presently unknown.

As of July 1, 2021, reports from the public chronicle both adult and young birds exhibiting signs of the condition. The most common clinical symptoms include discharge and/or crusting around the eyes, eye lesions, and/or neurologic signs such as falling over or head tremors.

Affected birds are being tested for several toxins, parasites, bacterial diseases, and viral infections. To date, test results have been inconclusive.

Twelve species have been reported: Blue Jay, European Starling, Common Grackle, American Robin, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, House Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee, and Carolina Wren.

WHERE: In Pennsylvania, the reports have been received from 27 counties, including:

Philadelphia, and Bucks, Montgomery, Chester counties: 15 reports

Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill, York counties: 19 reports

Numerous reports have also been received across the United States including the Mid-Atlantic region, extending into the Southeast and eastern upper Midwest. Affected birds were first reported in and around Washington, D.C.

Hand Towel Donations Needed

There is a box in the Administrative Office accepting donations of old hand towels for the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and and Education Center. Please consider donating your old hand towels – the wildlife center really needs them and truly appreciates your consideration.

Leash and Clean Up After Your Dog!

Dogs must be on a leash while being walked and owners must clean up after their pets.

The parasites and bacteria in dog waste can spread disease to other dogs and even you if not properly picked up. E. coli and salmonella are some of the bacteria which are carried in dog waste. Even if your dog does not show symptoms of being sick their waste can carry diseases that are harmful to humans and other pets. Plus, Giardiasis, Parvovirus, Cryptosporidiosis, Salmonellosis, and Campylobacteriosis, along with several types of worms like ringworm and tapeworm.

The parasites and bacteria can stay in the soil for years. By not picking up after your dog, you’re putting other people’s pets at risk for exposure to harmful bacteria.