- Refuge History
- Habitat Types
- Habitat Management
- Waterfowl Surveys
- Endangered Species
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Monitoring and Research
Bird and plant monitoring and other research activities provide valuable data that helps refuge staff refine habitat management. Bird diseases include avian cholera, botulism, and lead poisoning. These diseases cannot be passed to humans. Dying birds are monitored and dead birds removed with airboats to stop the disease cycle.
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
There are numerous Web sites with timely information available to the public. These two documents are concise and give a general overview: Avian Influenza Fact Sheet and What Hunters Should Know About Avian Influenza. Below are some Web sites that provide more detailed information at the state, national and international levels.
California Monitoring for Bird Flu
The California Department of Fish and Game; UC Davis Wildlife Health Center; CA Department of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and the CA Department of Health Services are in partnership to monitor for avian influenza viruses in wild birds.
Who to call about sick or dead birds in California:
Domestically reared birds - (800) 491-1899, CA Dept of Food and Agriculture
Single sick or dead birds - (877) 968-2473, West Nile Virus Hotline
Five or more dead birds observed at once or over 2-3 days, call the following
..... (888) 334-2258 CA Department of Fish and Game local office
..... (530) 225-2300 Northern California-North Coast Region
..... (916) 358-2900 Sacramento Valley-Central Sierra Region
National and International Information about Avian Influenza:
The Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management's (DMBM) Web site brings together in one location some of the more informative Web sites having information specific to avian influenza in wild birds. The DMBM considers National Wildlife Health Center's Avian Influenza Home Page to be the premier on-line source for information on avian influenza in wild birds.
Other Related Links
Alaska's Avian Flu Web Site
National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization