California is experiencing a deadly Salmonella outbreak.
While this is serious—you can definitely help!
Salmonellosis Outbreak in Pine Siskins (small, streaked, yellowish finches) This is a fatal bacterial infection, rapidly spread through feces-contaminated food and water. The Bird Rescue Center is asking everyone to remove all feeders and bird baths immediately and leave them down until Spring. If you see a sick bird in your yard and are able to catch it, please bring the bird to:
The Bird Rescue Center 3430 Chanate Rd., Santa Rosa 707-523-2473 Hours: 9am-5pm Daily
This epidemic is being spread throughout Sonoma County and can affect all birds as well as other wildlife and pets. Salmonellosis is a fatal bacterial infection, rapidly spread through feces-contaminated food and water. Most often, Salmonellosis epidemics originate where birds flock to feeders or baths. Affected individuals will appear lethargic, puffed/fluff-up, and have eyes partially closed. On occasion eyes may appear swollen, red, or irritated.
The Bird Rescue Center is asking everyone to remove and thoroughly clean all feeders and bird baths IMMEDIATELY and leave them down until Spring. This will allow our local avian populations to redistribute naturally into the environment and lower the risk of disease spread.
If you see a sick bird in your yard and are able to catch it, please bring the bird to your local wildlife rescue center ASAP. This is their best chance at survival and also prevents the bird from spreading this infection.
To prevent future outbreaks, if you have bird feeders or birdbaths, it is critically important you clean them at least once a week, all year-round. First, discard any remaining food/water; scrub with soapy water; rinse; soak in a dilute bleach solution (1pt. bleach to 9pt. warm water) for 10-15 minutes; rinse; and allow to fully air dry.
Please share this link or print and distribute in your neighborhood. Community-wide action is the only way to stop this epidemic. More at: https://BirdRescueCenter.org