Thanks, Donna. I have checked and the person who was at the Lab’s reception 
desk when you came in was a bit confused about the current protocols. I’m sorry 
that you were not able to leave that oriole with us (we have a very active 
research program on that very species!), but that was just an error of 
understanding on our end. My guidance below about bringing carcasses to the 
CUMV is how things are supposed to work, even now.



> On May 20, 2022, at 12:07 PM, Donna Lee Scott <> wrote:
> FYI.       5/20/22
> lab of O receptionist just told me they will not accept any bird carcasses 
> due to Avian Flu. 
> I just tried to give him an oriole that most likely was struck by a car in my 
> road. But since i did not witness actual strike, he could not accept the dead 
> bird. 
> I found it in middle of road. Looked freshly killed. 
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On May 18, 2022, at 11:10 AM, b_clise <> wrote:
>> Late yesterday I discovered a deal female Baltimore Oriole in my yard. Since 
>> their arrival, I've seen several here, observed nest building in 3 
>> locations, and have been going through grape jelly at a feverish pace. I 
>> considered retrieving the body for donation, but a male has been frequently 
>> landing on the carcass, looking at it, fluttering it's wings, then flying 
>> off, several times per hour. I opted to let nature take its course and let 
>> the poor little guy go through its grieving process ( if that's what's going 
>> on?). Also worth noting , I have no orioles at my feeder (highly irregular) 
>> and only 2 males chasing eachother through my yard, versus the presence of 
>> several in the trees. I'm not sure why these sudden changes but will keep 
>> watch. I can only guess some sort of predation. Barbara Clise,  in King Ferry
>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: Irby Lovette <>
>> Date: 5/16/22 11:48 AM (GMT-05:00)
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] bird carcasses for the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates
>> Dear Cayugabirds community —
>> When you encounter birds in New York State that have died of natural causes 
>> and that are in good condition, please consider donating them to become 
>> specimens in the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates, which is located in the same 
>> building as the Lab of Ornithology. At the CUMV we largely rely on these 
>> ’salvage’ specimens to keep our collection current, as there are all kinds 
>> of things one can do with a modern specimen that can’t so easily be done 
>> with older specimens.
>> We maintain all New York and federal permits for this purpose. We do not 
>> maintain state permits for most other states, so please do not donate birds 
>> from farther afield. 
>> The major exception pertains to Bald and Golden Eagles: special federal laws 
>> cover eagles and we are not allowed to accept eagle materials.
>> When preparing to bring us a bird carcass:
>> 1. Place it in a ziplock-type bag, one bird per bag.
>> 2. Inside the bag include a slip of paper that notes the date the bird was 
>> found, the location, and your name. Specimens without date and location have 
>> little research value.
>> 3. Put the bag in your freezer if you must, but then bring it to us as soon 
>> as possible (technically, you are allowed to possess these birds only if you 
>> are actively bringing them to a designated museum like the CUMV).
>> 4. On arrival at the Lab during open visitor hours, just let the person at 
>> the front reception desk know that you want to drop off a specimen.
>> Please be sure to consider your own personal health and safety when handling 
>> dead birds. If you can use a ziplock like a ‘glove’ and never touch the 
>> bird, so much the better. If you need to touch it, wash your hands 
>> immediately and thoroughly. As you probably know, this is an avian flu 
>> outbreak year, so being especially cautious is wise (though there have been 
>> no human cases thus far). Personally I would not hesitate to bring in a bird 
>> that died of a known trauma like a window-strike, cat kill, or car-strike, 
>> but I would think twice about handling without PPE a dead bird found with no 
>> known cause of death.
>> Best to all,
>> Irby Lovette
>> Director, CUMV
>>> Begin forwarded message:
>>> From: Andrew David Miller < 
>>> <>>
>>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lawrence's warbler - mortality
>>> Date: May 16, 2022 at 9:12:34 AM EDT
>>> <>>
>>> Reply-To: Andrew David Miller < 
>>> <>>
>>> Due to the rarity of this warbler, I thought that some might be interested 
>>> in the following.  I found a window mortality Lawrence’s warbler outside of 
>>> the Veterinary Research Tower on Cornell’s campus this morning.  Bird 
>>> mortalities have decreased here since they put new glass in about 6 years 
>>> ago, but every spring and fall there are still a few dead birds that I 
>>> find. In case anyone wants the bird for study, I have saved it in my lab 
>>> freezer.
>>> -Andrew Miller
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