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Some of you may be asking yourself “was there an issue with bird feeding last year?” The quick answer is yes. But, for us here in Central Virginia we were not affected as badly as in the mountains and Northern Virginia. Last year it was highly recommended to stop bird feeding due to reports of birds displaying eye and neurological signs.
Many bird lovers are asking if it is safe to feed birds once again in Virginia. The resounding answer is YES!! So many bird lovers stopped feeding birds last year out of an abundance of caution. Being such a strong and popular pastime, so many bird lovers were saddened by the news last year that Virginia was one of the first states that received reports of birds displaying eye and neurological signs. The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources began documenting dead or sick bird reports.
But, as of this past August the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources released the following advice about feeding birds: WE ADVISE RESIDENTS THAT CHOOSE TO FEED BIRDS OR PROVIDE WATER IN BIRD BATHS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT FOR AVIAN MORTALITIES AND CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES:
Personally, I am ready to get back to feeding our feathered friends. Every year I get more attached to birding. So, between my love of gardening and my love of birding, I seem to be in very good company. But, this year will be a little more challenging in wanting to help protect our birds. But, it will be worth the challenge!!
ENJOY THIS WONDERFUL PASTIME!!!!!