Bird Feeding is Back

Acorn woodpecker (11/23/20) Kathy Jonokuchi

It’s OK again to put out bird feeders, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports.

An outbreak of Salmonellosis appears to be subsiding in most parts of the state and it’s now relatively safe to resume feeding wild birds again, with the precaution to watch for sick or dead birds at feeders.

Should that be observed, pull down feeders for a few weeks longer. Regardless, bird feeders and bird baths should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week; more often, if there is heavy use by birds. Additionally, disposable gloves should be worn and hands thoroughly washed after handling of bird feeders and bird baths, and when disposing of dead birds.

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