For the latest updates from Indiana DNR — visit on.IN.gov/songbirddeaths . As of Monday June 28th the list of counties had grown to more than 40, including Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Starke in Northwest Indiana.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it has received reports of sick and dying songbirds from 15 counties statewide. As the investigation continues, the DNR says it recommends all Hoosiers remove their birdfeeders statewide. The 15 counties are Clark, Delaware, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, LaGrange, Lake, Marion, Monroe, Newton, St. Joseph, Union, Washington, and Whitley. DNR is working with the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (IN ADDL) and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center to determine the birds’ cause of death. The Indiana DNR says affected songbirds showed neurological signs of illness as well as eye swelling and crusty discharge. Several samples have been sent to IN ADDL. All bird samples submitted have tested negative for avian influenza and West Nile virus. Final laboratory diagnostic results are pending.
A news release from the Indiana DNR says the following steps are recommended statewide:
• Use the DNR sick/dead wildlife reporting tool at on.IN.gov/sickwildlife to alert DNR staff.
• Stop feeding birds until the mortality event has concluded.
• Clean feeders and baths with a 10% bleach solution.
• Avoid handling birds. If you need to handle birds, wear disposable gloves.
• When removing dead birds, wear disposable gloves and place birds and gloves in a sealable plastic bag to dispose with household trash.
• Keep pets away from sick or dead birds as a precaution.
The DNR says additional information will be shared when final diagnostic results are received.
For updates, visit on.IN.gov/songbirddeaths .