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        • The DNR is collaborating with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to share information regarding potential wild bird and poultry HPAI infections in Minnesota.
        • DNR is receiving and addressing sick and dead wild bird reports that are consistent with possible HPAI infections.
        • Report the following to local DNR wildlife staff or the DNR information center at 888-646-6367:
          • Five or more dead wild birds of any kind found in one location during the same timeframe;
          • One or more raptors (hawk, owl, eagle), waterfowl or other wild birds alive but exhibiting signs of sickness, which are listed below; or
          • One or more raptors or waterfowl with no apparent cause of death.
        • DNR will submit birds suspected of potentially carrying HPAI to the National Wildlife Health Center or the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for testing.
        • Check back for updates on our HPAI response.
Here is the latest from Victoria Hall at the U of M Raptor Center “The biggest thing I would keep in mind is trying to make sure that people don’t introduce anything to the bluebird boxes in each area. Having freshly laundered clothing and boots that can be disinfected between locations (rubber boots are great at this) and then using really good hand hygiene or gloves if interacting inside the boxes at all. Folks can decide which boxes are close enough to each other to treat as a “unit” and which ones are far enough apart that they would want to make sure to wear clean items so they don’t track things from one site to the next. I wish we had more detailed information on bluebirds about HPAI, but in the absence of full knowledge, would error on the side of being more protective around those beautiful birds with the biosecurity above.” _________________________________________________________________________


RHWPRecoveryCheck out the latest addition of the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Newsletter featuring an article Cicada Irruption Impact on Red-headed Woodpecker Populations.

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_________________________________________________________________________ Southeastern Minnesota 2021 Fall Picnic Bill and Mary Bailey hosted the 15th annual – 2021 Southeastern Minnesota Fall Bluebird picnic at their home this past September. What a treat on their spacious covered porch in sight of the pond and apple tree.
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Attendees asked questions about the Baileys’ garden, totally fenced to keep out the many deer which inhabit their wildlife sanctuary.
 An eye-level Baltimore oriole’s nest, easily seen in one of the weeping willows a short walk from the house.
Quint and Mary Lohse with the nest boxes they won in the door prize drawing. They were donated by the JoAnn and Joe Adelman.
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City of Edina – “Home Town Hero” – helping to increase the local Bluebird population!

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Why Birds Hit Windows—And How You Can Help Prevent It  

For birds, glass windows are worse than invisible. By reflecting foliage or sky, they look like inviting places to fly into. And because the sheer number of windows is so great, their toll on birds is huge. The good news is that you can greatly reduce the danger your home’s windows pose to birds with some simple remedies.

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