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REGARDING BIRD FEEDERS!! We have received a lot of inquires regarding bird feeders and how long to keep them down for. The following is an update from David Currie of Nova Scotia Bird Society. It's been a tough Summer for the finches as it has for those of us who enjoy having the bird activity in backyards. Thousands of people heeded the call in July and voluntarily took down seed feeders, covered bird baths and carefully cleaned up potential transmission sites of this relatively new disease. Here's some of what we know. Currently there are still sick or dead birds, mostly purple finches, being reported to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative in Prince Edward Island. The good news is that there are far fewer than we experienced in July and August. This due, at least in part to the many fewer feeding sites. The parasite does well in warm temperatures and is transmitted from an infected bird to a healthy bird or a live parasite is picked up by a healthy bird. Bird baths, feeders with thistle, millet and black oil seed, platform feeders and seed on the ground that allow for birds to feed in unnaturally close quarters are almost certainly contributing to the transmission of the disease. We also can expect to see this disease again next summer and we hope our members will keep us informed if anything unusual occurs. As hard as this is for many of us who enjoy birds on our property through bird feeding, experts agree that there is no biological benefit to feeding birds in summer months and we really should consider winter bird feeding where there is a benefit to the birds. Planting natural food, bird houses and shelters may be a suitable option for some people. At this point, we are suggesting that people consider keeping the seed feeders down until cooler temperatures in October. Thank you again for the massive and positive response to this problem. This is an update on Trichomonosis by David Currie from the N S Bird Society...For more information on this disease click on the following link www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/bird-infection-atlantic-canada-1.4199049 #hopeforwildlife #trichomonosis #birddisease #finches #purplefinch #birds
The Wheatley River Improvement Group wrapped up another fantastic summer last week! Thank you so much to all our members, landowners, and supporters that are dedicated to environmental stewardship in our watershed - we appreciate you! Also, a huge thank you goes out to our incredible field crew for your hard work this year; we wish you the best as you head back to school.
(Left-Right: Clare, Kayla, Brittany, & Taylor) ... See MoreSee Less
The Wheatley River Improvement Group published a note.
September 2017 Update! ... See MoreSee Less
The Wheatley River Improvement Group shared Fish and Wildlife PEI's photo.
Have you seen any bats this summer?? PEI's bat populations have been decreasing, please contact Mark if you know of an old well that may make good habitat for them! ... See MoreSee Less