Sick Birds in Washington State Prompt Call for Winter Feeding Ban

Due to a recent die-off of finches and other songbirds, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife wants residents to remove or clean bird feeders daily until April 1 to prevent the spread of salmonellosis, a common and usually fatal bird disease caused by the salmonella bacteria. When birds flock together in large numbers at feeders, they can transmit the disease through droppings and saliva.