January 20 at 7:03 PM ·
This is an ALERT to our El Dorado County and nearby friends who enjoy feeding our wild birds:
Sierra Wildlife Rescue has been receiving increased reports of sick and dead birds currently occurring in our county. Bird lovers are seeing dead birds, with no visible trauma, in their yards. When the weather turns cold, the energy demands on birds and other wildlife increases dramatically so lots of birds will congregate at your bird feeders which in turn increases the chance of disease transmission. Salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria along with viruses, parasites and fungal diseases are easily passed by the varied species of birds congregating at bird feeders. Pine siskins, nuthatches, chickadees, gold finches and other seed-eating backyard birds are some of the most common species affected by these diseases. The birds get infected at the feeders and pass the infection on when they come into contact with feeder surfaces, perches or visit multiple feeders.
Please note that DOGS and CATS can also become infected if these birds are ingested so please be aware (do not handle the dead bird without gloves). Animal Poison Control: 1 888-426-4435
To help avoid problems at bird feeders:
1416 Ninth Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 653-7664 Fax: (916) 653-1856
El Dorado County Fish & Wildlife Commissioners