Gardening; Keeping salmonella at bay: Disinfect feeders and clean area under them

We humans aren’t the only critters dealing with a pandemic.

Our native finches, pine siskins and other songbirds are dealing with a salmonella epidemic right now across the Northwest and the cold isn’t going to slow it down anytime soon.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking anyone who feeds wild birds to take down their feeders until April 1 to help the birds disperse away from the crowds around feeders where the bacteria are easily transmitted.

Sound familiar? The good news is that with the light snow cover and unusually warm winter temperatures, there is still plenty of food out in nature for them to forage.

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