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Disease Outbreak Threatens Ozark Wild Bird Populations

J. Froelich
Kelly Mulhollan temporarily removed all bird feeders at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks feeding station last week.

Wildlife experts are issuing advisories about an infectious disease killing Pine Siskins, a tiny migratory songbird which could possibly spread to other birds, including those that call the Ozarks home. Certain bird enthusiasts, including Kelly Muhollan, who manages bird feeders at the Botannical Garden of the Ozarks, are asking residents to take down feeders for at least six weeks to help save birds during spring migration. The public is encouraged to report any dead or sick birds to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Wildlife Health Reporting System via email: agfc.health@agfc.ar.gov.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for Ozarks at Large.
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