Connecticut Audbon Society


A special online presentation: “Dying Birds: What we know and what we don’t know”

August 9, 2021 — Join us Wednesday, August 11, for a special free lunchtime Zoom discussion called “Dying Birds: What we know and what we don’t know,” featuring top experts from the state of Connecticut, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, the University of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Audubon Society.

The discussion is designed to give you the latest information on the unidentified condition that has been killing birds in Connecticut and in many states to the south and west.

We will be posting the video on our website within several days of the presentation.

The speakers are:

  • Jenny Dickson, Director of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Wildlife Division
  • Brian Evans, PhD, Migratory Bird Ecologist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
  • Salvatore Frasca, DVM, Director of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Connecticut
  • Patrick Comins, Executive Director of the Connecticut Audubon Society.

The speakers will discuss:

  • the extent and size of the problem in Connecticut and other states;
  • what the tests on dead birds have shown;
  • why it’s a good idea to take bird feeders down;
  • what they will be looking for in order to recommend that bird feeders can go back up;
  • whether testing will continue;
  • why it’s been difficult to identify the condition;
  • whether cicadas are the cause of the deaths.







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