By: Sarah Meadows
Reports of sick and dying birds have been coming in from Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, several other nearby states. Symptoms include neurological impacts causing their head to tilt to the side, and multiple eye issues such as cloudiness or discharge. It has been reported in multiple species, including American Robins and Blue Jays.
To keep the illness from spreading, experts at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center are asking everyone to take down your bird feeders and empty your birdbaths for 7-10 days. Before putting them back out, they should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent spreading the disease. The cause is still unknown and currently being investigated. You can also help by reporting sick or dying birds here: https://apps.ohiodnr.gov/wildlife/speciessighting/.
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