BC SPCA calls for removal of bird feeders

The BC SPCA has asked the public to temporarily remove empty bird feeders and baths due to the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the province and country.

Bird flu, also known as “bird flu,” is a virus that affects many species of birds, including farmed, wild and pet birds, according to the BC SPCA.

According to the BC SPCA, the H5N1 strain causes severe illness and death in birds, and the virus is spread through the droppings and respiratory secretions of birds, and can survive in the environment for several months and then infect others. birds.

“Bird feeders can be sites for the spread of disease, as they encourage congregations of unnatural birds and attract other wildlife,” says Dr. Andrea Wallace, wildlife welfare manager for the BC SPCA.

“Fallen seeds are also a particularly dangerous source of disease – when birds feed on the ground, they are also exposed to droppings that accumulate under a feeder.”

“On rare occasions, this virus can also cause illness in humans who have had close contact with infected birds or heavily contaminated areas,” Wallace adds.

“We must do everything we can to stop H5N1 in its tracks.”

Wallace would also like to say that hummingbird feeders aren’t as risky as they are species-specific, so a limited group of birds feed there.

Nevertheless, it is essential to change the nectar regularly and to clean the feeders to avoid further outbreaks.

If a sick bird is seen at the feeder, remove it.

The BC SPCA is also asking the public to report sightings of sick or dead wild birds to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) at 1-800567-2033.

For more information, visit the British Columbia SPCA website.

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