Nature's Nursery

Avian Influenza Update

Avian influenza (AI), commonly known as “bird flu,” is caused by an influenza type  ”A“ virus which can infect a variety of birds; most notably poultry and waterfowl, as well as many other wild bird species. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus strains are extremely infectious, often fatal to domestic poultry, and can spread rapidly from flock-to-flock. HPAI has been detected throughout the continental United States within some wild bird populations along common migratory routes  within the past six months, but not yet in the state of Ohio.  Precautionary measures are being taken throughout the state to restrict possible infection or subsequent spread to domestic flocks. 

Nature’s Nursery is committed to improving the wellbeing of Northwest Ohio wildlife populations, and that is why we have been taking steps to increase biosecurity throughout the center and throughout our daily operations. We have recently rearranged the animal areas at the center so that birds coming in for rehabilitative care are isolated, and birds are being tested for avian flu. We will also be complying with recommendations from the Ohio State Department of Agriculture’s veterinarian, in which they request that wild birds used for education not be moved off-site until a later-to-be-determined date.  This means our education; program birds will not be able to be used for programs that do not take place at Blue Creek Conservation Area, where Nature’s Nursery is located.  We will do our best to accommodate groups requesting educational outreach programming, and could provide space on-site. If you are interested in this option please contact our Education Coordinator, Julia Gehring

Human infection of avian influenza is very rare, and those instances were following direct or close contact with infected poultry. So far, this strain present in North America poses no threat to human health. More information regarding this can be found here, on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

If you would like more information about avian influenza, please visit the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture's website, or here for a quick Avian Flu Fact Sheet

Check out the video from Sunday's Wildlife Festival below of the Paula Massey Memorial Release

2015 Wildlife Festival was a fabulous success! Thank to everyone who came out to visit.

Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education is a non-profit organization located in Whitehouse, Ohio. We provide medical care to injured, ailing and orphaned wild animals, as well as conduct conservation educational outreach programs for children and adults.

Nature's Nursery

Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation Education

Celebrating & Supporting Local Wildlife through Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education for over 25 Years!