Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania says it may be okay to put bird feeders back up soon

PITTSBURGH — Wildlife experts and bird watchers are trying to figure out what’s blinding and even killing hundreds of birds across the U.S.

Since the original advice from The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania about not feeding birds, they have released additional information and guidance about feeding local birds.

“Recent reports from the areas that first saw the problem show that instances have been declining significantly. That gives us hope that we *may* be able to resume feeding in the next few weeks. We will keep everyone posted,” a post stated.

7/30 update on the songbird illness - recent reports from the areas that first saw the problem show that instances have...

Posted by Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania on Friday, July 30, 2021

The society said that it is important that when putting the feeders back up, its vital that they are cleaned often.

You should:

  • Clean feeders at least weekly to help to keep birds healthy.
  • Feeders may be disinfected with a bleach solution (1/2 cup of bleach per gallon of water).
  • First, clean your feeder with soap and water. Then soak the feeder in the bleach solution for 15-20 minutes.
  • Completely rinse and dry the feeder before refilling it.