Medical Emergency Fund Page for the Pine Siskin
Wild ARC is seeing an increased number of pine siskins with suspected salmonella infections and has admitted over 60 siskins since December 2020, with numbers continuing to rise daily.
Salmonella is common bacteria in the natural environment that can affect many species and sometimes cause outbreaks, primarily in the winter and spring. Salmonella is a severe and contagious disease that attacks the digestive system, making it difficult for infected birds to feed.
Though few are likely to survive this deadly disease, each of these patients requires critical assessment and emergency care by our skilled wildlife rehabilitators to try and give them a second chance at life in the wild.
While bird feeding is a popular activity, it also carries risks. Salmonella is transmitted by fecal contamination of food and water as well as contact with other birds. When birds congregate at backyard bird feeders, this facilitates the spread of disease.
To help curb this outbreak, we are recommending that bird feeders and birdbaths are temporarily removed until warmer weather when we typically observe less occurrence of disease. When bird feeders are again in place, regular cleaning is key. Please follow these steps to maintain a clean and safe feeder:
1. Discard any remaining seed before cleaning
2. Wash feeder with soap and water – use a bottle brush for small spaces
3. Wash feeder again with a 10 percent bleach solution for three minutes
4. Rinse and air-dry completely
5. Fill with fresh seed
6. Repeat #1-5 every two weeks
We need your help to recover some of the costs associated with caring for this influx of patients. If you are willing and able to help, please donate today!
Thank you for helping us do the work we do and for your help in caring for these precious songbirds.
Personal updates for the Pine Siskin’s will be provided to anyone who donates to their care.