[Top] [All Lists]

Re: Re: West Nile & Crows

Subject: Re: Re: West Nile & Crows
From: Rob Danielson <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2003 20:35:25 -0500
>Rich Peet wrote:
>>  In my area, MN. West Nile is very area specific.  It hits
>>  neighborhoods one at a time.  From first symptoms seen to death in
>>  crows appears to be about 3 days.  They don't even seem to care about
>>  testing birds here any more as it is here to stay.  Lost about 50% of
>>  the crows last fall, to soon to tell about this year.  GH Owl kill
>>  appears to be much higher but I know of no stats and that is just my
>>  observations.
>>  We have an under reaction here rather than an over reaction.  The
>>  media reports about birds, people, and horses.  No mention that the
>>  large hog operations are also symptomatic.  But that would mean you
>>  would have to talk about the human food supply being infected.  So no
>>  one talks about it. Except a few of us on the edge.
>It's also being used here as a reason for draining wetlands.
>I've not seen any crows in trouble, and we have lots around. I have
>noticed many less songbirds since the spraying started. And I'm 6 miles
>from the nearest town that's spraying.
>I'm sure the loss of songbirds will be pointed out as ones that died
>from West Nile. If anyone notices at all, that is. No testing means you
>do not know what killed the birds. In the few times testing has been
>done around here, West Nile itself was exceedingly scarce.

Then you probably don't have the virus in your area yet.  West nile 
was documented here in milwaukeelast summer and in many spots through 
Wisconsin. Its very obvious. many dead birds. song birds too. Rich is 
right about the owls. Wis DNR confirrmed many raptors were killed. 
Rob D.


<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the naturerecordists mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU