If you live in California, you should bring in your bird feeder and birdbath this spring. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says that the feeders are contributing to a bad salmonella outbreak in songbirds and this could have a devastating effect on the ecosystem.
Bird rescue centers have reportedly been “inundated with calls” from residents in California and Nevada regarding sick and dead birds. Once the birds share this infection, they die within 24 hours. Officials are asking residents not to put out any feeders or baths until at least late April when the birds will migrate north to breed.