By Dan Shapley
Marm Kilpatrick, the lead author of a new scientific study
that shows how West Nile virus has decimated several common backyard bird species, suggests these three things that people can do to help:
More On Citizen Science Wildlife Trust's New York Bioscape Initiative and Tufts University Audubon Society Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- 1.Reduce mosquito habitat around the house by eliminating standing water in such places as unused flower pots, old tires, kid pools and other containers that can collect standing water.
- 2.Set aside habitat for birds. Because disease is one of a range of threats to bird health, reducing the impact of habitat loss is one way communities can help.
- 3.Support federal policies that inhibit the transmission of diseases from continent to continent. Some examples include building airplane cargo holds with insecticide-treated metal, and expanding inspection programs to curtail the illegal trade of wild animals.
- 4. In addition, we''d add that you can participate in citizen science programs, which give scientists the data they need to track bird health. Citizen science is easy, it can make for a great family activity, and it''s often as easy as counting athe birds one sees during the course of a day''s time.
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