February 26, 2024

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St. Francis Wildlife stops taking birds after flu found in Tallahassee

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St. Francis Wildlife stops taking birds after flu found in Tallahassee

Simply because of the Really Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), our nearby wildlife rehabilitation center, St. Francis Wildlife, briefly will not accept wounded, orphaned or sick wild birds. HPAI has just been verified in a duck that was brought to St. Francis Wildlife in Quincy, Florida.

Confirmed and presumptive instances of HPAI have lately been documented together the East Coastline of Florida from Palm Seaside County to Duval County and on the West Coastline in Charlotte County.

Infected birds have been aquatic species (ducks, gulls, herons, terns and pelicans), raptors (terrific horned owls and bald eagles) and scavengers (vultures). Birds on their northern spring migration may have carried the virus into our space.

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Past year, the Really Pathogenic Avian Influenza traveled from Europe into Canada. Then migratory waterfowl carried it down the Atlantic Flyway, infecting birds along the way.

Lesser Scaup ducks, like these, appear to be one of the species most susceptible to this HPAI bird flu, according to the Fish & Wildlife Research Institute.

An unparalleled outbreak

Two months ago, on Jan. 22, when a hunter showed up at a boat ramp in Palm Beach County with two blue-winged teal ducks, a USDA-Wildlife Products and services worker swabbed them. No just one suspected the birds ended up sick it was just regime surveillance. Their assessments have been good for HPAI.

In February, dozens of dead lesser scaup ducks and other aquatic species, as very well as birds that scarfed up these absolutely free foods — black vultures, bald eagles and good horned owls — were being recognized along Florida’s east coast and in Charlotte County with this very infectious new hen flu. It was noted that wildlife officials suspect there are “hundreds far more” unconfirmed conditions.

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