Keeping Birds Safe At Your Feeder

The Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative (CWHC) has published a new technical report called “Strategies to Prevent and Control Bird-Feeder Associated Diseases and Threats.” The report was prompted by the widespread trichomonosis outbreak in 2017 that extended from Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador. This and other bird feeder associated diseases and threats generate a great deal of public concern, so the CWHC released this report to ensure the availability of scientifically accurate information on how to reduce the risks. Feeding of wildlife is generally discouraged as part of the overall effort to reduce human-wildlife contact, conflicts and disease transmission. However, bird feeding is considered an exception to that rule, partly due to the fact birds do not become dependent on feeders… read more →