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Area Briefly: Roadwork on Camano Island; bird feeders can go back up | News

Snohomish County Parks survey

The Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Division is conducting a survey to gather feedback about park facilities and programs as well as user priorities and information on barriers that might keep people away from the parks. 

Community input will help the division decide where to focus efforts and public resources. The survey, available in 11 languages, is open through May 20. Survey: snocoparks.org

Camano Island road work scheduled

Road work that includes removing pavement, adding concrete then patching and resurfacing the roadway is scheduled to be completed by Friday, April 30, in the following locations:

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Bird feeders can be put back out following salmonella scare

It’s all right to put bird feeders back out, now that salmonella-infected finches are returning to the Boreal forests in Canada and have other food sources to eat. 

From winter to early spring, birds like pine siskins migrate south to Washington state and other parts of the Pacific Northwest to feast on more available food options. This year the birds suffered from a salmonella outbreak, causing the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to urge people to take down their bird feeders while the finches visit. A large group of birds in one place could more easily spread the disease,

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Bird feeders can go up again, but remain vigilant, Washington state officials say

A drop in the number of reports of sick or dead birds across Washington and other Northwest states means backyard bird feeders can be put back up, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

But please remain cautious and vigilant, the department said on its website.

The deadly outbreak in pine siskins and other songbirds had officials in the northwest United States asking people to put away bird feeders and drain birdbaths for a few months this past winter to discourage the congregation that spread the disease through droppings and saliva.

Reports of sick or dead birds

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State says bird feeders can go out, with caution | News

Reports of dead birds, presumably from the outbreak of salmonellosis, declined significantly in March according to state officials, although now there are reports of humans contracting the infection.

Six people have gotten ill from the disease in the state, three of whom required hospitalization, the state Department of Health reported last week.

Even so, state Fish and Wildlife authorities have said bird feeders could be put out again as of April 1, but with cautions that involve frequent cleaning and watching for sick birds. That follows an extended period where people were advised to take feeders down because of the

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Put your bird feeders up but keep them clean, says Idaho Fish and Game | Free September E-Edition

Salmonellosis outbreaks among birds have been making headlines in Idaho and neighboring states, which highlights the importance of keeping bird feeders and feeding sites clean to prevent the spread of diseases. If you want to set-up your bird feeders for spring, Idaho Fish and Game says go for it — just keep these tips in mind to help protect your fine-feathered friends.

— Before putting up your feeders, clean them with warm soapy water and then dunk/rinse them with a 10% bleach solution. Rinse and dry them well before adding food. This process will disinfect your feeders and reduce the

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Salmonella outbreak in Washington and 7 other states is linked to bird feeders, CDC says

A salmonella outbreak linked to contact with wild songbirds and bird feeders has sickened 19 people across eight states, eight of whom have been hospitalized, federal health authorities said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was investigating salmonella infections in California, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington state in people ranging in age from 2 months to 89 years old.

Six cases were reported in Washington and five in Oregon. No deaths have been reported.

Public health officials across the country interviewed 13 who were infected and asked them about animals they had come

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