Migratory Bird Program
Avian Health and Disease
Avian Health

Avian Health Activities

Disease impact investigations

    Integrate health surveillance into field activities

  • Expand investigation of regionally specific avian health and disease problems
  • Continue to create baseline health and disease data to identify population impacts
  • Evaluate critical avian populations: species of concern, threatened and endangered species (conduct field investigations in combination with the ongoing research)
  • Investigate infectious diseases (viruses, bacteria, fungal infections)
  • Investigate non-infectious diseases  (parasites, biotoxins, contaminants)
  • Conduct targeted pathogen surveillance
  • Investigate indigenous and exotic disease problems

   Climate change

  • Coordinate with and support LCCs with technical assistance, planning
  • Guide avian disease activities contained in the DOI climate change strategic plan
  • Integrate health surveillance with National Wildlife Refuges Inventories and Monitoring disease surveillance priorities
  • Investigate the impact of climate change on the biology of wildlife disease reservoirs and vector species
  • Investigate disease impacts on species adaptation strategies
  • Identify ancillary stressors influencing avian susceptibility to disease (de-coupling of biological processes)

    Human-induced effects on disease transmission

  • Assess the increased disease risks associated with urban, suburban, and agricultural environments (water quality, habitat fragmentation, contaminants)
  • Aid in the prevention and management of invasive species introduction
  • Adjust FWS field activities to decrease the potential of disease transmission to humans, other wildlife, other geographic sites



Last updated: March 18, 2011