State environmental and health officials are informing the public that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), which very rarely infects humans, is suspected to be the cause of deceased birds along Massachusetts’ coastline. HPAI has been detected in domestic and wild birds from Canada to Florida for the past several months.
The Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) are advising the public to refrain from touching or removing birds from coastal areas that appear sick, injured, or deceased.
How To Report Sick or Dead Wild Birds?
Impacted WILD birds include, but are not limited to, seagulls, sea ducks, terns, and cormorants.
If a wild sick, injured, or dying bird is encountered, the public is asked to make a report by using this online form found at Mass,gov/reportbirds.
How to Report Sick or Dead Domestic Birds?
Impacted DOMESTIC birds (chickens, turkeys, gamebirds, pigeons, guinea fowl, and domestic ducks and geese) should be reported to the Department of Agricultural Resources Division of Animal Health at (617) 626-1795 or through this online reporting form.