Male cardinal

Resources


Wildlife Futures is continually in the process of developing resources for our constituents. Currently, we offer:

Chronic Wasting Disease - Data Visualization Dashboard

CWD Dashboard, PGC and Wildlife Futures

The Pennsylvania Game Commission began collecting CWD data on deer and elk in 1998, with the first case of CWD identified in 2012 in Pennsylvania’s white-tailed deer population. The Game Commission and the Wildlife Futures Program, along with the expertise of the Timmons Group, have created a visualization dashboard that tracks CWD sampling and test results. This tool provides current CWD surveillance information to hunters, wildlife managers, and other stakeholders.

View the PGC CWD Dashboard

Wildlife Futures ALERT: Reports of sick and dying birds are declining 

Beginning in mid-May, nestling and fledgling songbirds – mainly blue jays, starlings, and common grackles, but also robins and cardinals – were found with ocular and neurologic issues, and in some cases these birds have been found dead in large numbers. We thank everyone who reported observations of these birds through this website. While multiple diagnostic tests have been conducted by many labs, the cause of the illness remains unknown.

Visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website for the latest update...

  • Where

    Affected birds were first reported in Washington, DC, and have since been reported across the eastern United States including the Mid-Atlantic region, extending south to Tennessee and possibly Florida, west to Indiana, and north into Pennsylvania.

  • Agencies & Diagnostic Laboratories

    Many agencies over a multi-state area are continuing to work with diagnostic laboratories to investigate the cause of mortality, including:

    • Wildlife Futures Program
    • USGS National Wildlife Health Center
    • University of Georgia Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
    • Multiple state and independent diagnostic laboratories
  • What You Can Do
    • Although this mortality event is winding down, birds do congregate at feeders and bird baths and one sick bird with any type of infection could potentially spread disease at these locations. With that in mind, we recommend:

    • Resume feeding birds, but clean feeders and bird baths with soap and water, then disinfect with a 10% household bleach solution. After allowing 10 minutes of contact time, rinse with clean water and allow to air dry. Cleaning and disinfection should be done at a minimum weekly basis or more frequently when soiled to prevent potential spread of any infectious diseases between birds and other wildlife, as well as remove spoiled food.

    • When feeding birds, follow scientific and expert recommendations such as those listed by the Audubon Society: Audubon Guide to Bird Feeding (sfvaudubon.org)

  • Additional Resources