Avian flu and upland species

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It is my understanding that wild birds are more of a carrier and it doesn’t affect them as much as domesticated birds.

I would guess density increases the impact on domesticated birds, but in MN they are already seeing deaths in wild raptors :(

Grouse drumming seems to be on track in northern MN, but it is probably too early to draw conclusions on impact, as it seems to be starting "south" and moving north (likely with geese/duck migration).
 

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I would guess density increases the impact on domesticated birds, but in MN they are already seeing deaths in wild raptors :(

Grouse drumming seems to be on track in northern MN, but it is probably too early to draw conclusions on impact, as it seems to be starting "south" and moving north (likely with geese/duck migration).
It does affect raptors more, why I don’t know. We were told about 2 month ago to stop picking up dead or injured raptors if people called from the public. We have to notify our regional bio and he notifies the state vet.
 

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Mortality in wild birds often seems to vary with the specific flu strain. Previous high path influenzas have killed different suites of wild species- the Asian H5N1 in the 2000s mostly killed gulls, swans, shorebirds and diving ducks for example. This one seems to be killing mostly raptors and snow geese. I haven’t heard any reports of pheasants/grouse testing positive though I did hear a rumor about some dead wild turkeys in Montana. Not sure how reliable that one is.
 

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Also looks like captive pheasants have been dying, but I’ve still not heard avian influenza confirmed in wild birds yet.
 

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Mortality in wild birds often seems to vary with the specific flu strain. Previous high path influenzas have killed different suites of wild species- the Asian H5N1 in the 2000s mostly killed gulls, swans, shorebirds and diving ducks for example. This one seems to be killing mostly raptors and snow geese. I haven’t heard any reports of pheasants/grouse testing positive though I did hear a rumor about some dead wild turkeys in Montana. Not sure how reliable that one is.
Most of the city limits turkeys in Billings died a few weeks ago. Haven’t heard of it happening much in wild populations around here yet.
 

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