Based on reports from local observers, I have recovered the carcasses of 10 dead crows this week: five from Ithaca College grounds and five from the Wood St - Titus Towers park area. This is a disturbing number of dead crows.
We lost a lot of crows in the past two summers to West Nile virus (maybe 1/3 of our tagged birds), and we have had a small, but significant number of deaths in winter roosts from a reovirus over the last few years. Still, 10 dead in one week is a big number. I cannot help but worry about a poisoning event. We are working with the Veterinary Pathology department at the Cornell Vet School to necropsy these birds and have them tested for disease. We would appreciate hearing about any and all dead crows in the local area. Contact me at k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu>; 607-254-2452, or Dr. Anne Clark (acl...@binghamton.edu<mailto:acl...@binghamton.edu>); 607-222-0905. Thanks. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study Course in Bird Biology Investigating Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry in Birds Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452 Do you know about our other distance-learning opportunities? Visit http://www.birds.cornell.edu/courses and learn about our comprehensive Home Study Course in Bird Biology, our online course Investigating Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry in Birds<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/courses/courtship/>, our Be A Better Birder tutorials<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/courses/home/tutorial/>, and our series of webinars<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/courses/home/webinars/>. Purchase the webinars here<http://store.birds.cornell.edu/category_s/55.htm>. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --