IDNR recommends halt to use of bird feeders, bird baths through May 31


April 27, 2022

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) issued updated public recommendations on Thursday regarding wild birds and the EA H5N1 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) currently impacting some wild and domestic bird species.

While HPAI has not been detected in songbird species (passerines), IDNR recommends the use of bird feeders and bird baths cease through May 31, or until HPAI infections in the Midwest subside, especially those that waterfowl may visit. During spring, wild birds will have ample food sources while bird feeders are removed.

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