April 11, 2020


On April 2, 2020, the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) confirmed RHDV2 in a wild black-tailed jackrabbit and wild cottontails in New Mexico, representing the first detection of this virus in wild rabbits in the United States. On April 8th, the laboratory confirmed that a cottontail and black-tailed jackrabbit had died from RHDV2 in Arizona.

AZDA press release Rabbit Virus 4-2020


National Wildlife Health Center Wildlife Health Bulletin 2020-04: https://www.usgs.gov/media/files/rabbit-hemorrhagic-disease-virus-2-confirmed-wild-rabbits-us

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April 01, 2020

Wildlife Health Network Resources

wildlife health network

There is a wealth of information available about wildlife health, diseases, and conservation. Explore the links below to learn more about wildlife health topics that may be of interest to you. If you come across a resource not listed here, feel free to add it in the comments section.
-List updated 4/01/20-

Animal & Human Health for the Environment And Development (AHEAD)

Australian Registry of Wildlife Health

Bayer Bee Health

Beak Deformities in Landbirds- Alaska Science Center

Bighorn Sheep Disease Research Consortium

Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance

EcoHealth Alliance

Garden Wildlife Health

Honey Bee Health Coalition

House Finch eye disease- Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Sea Star Wasting Syndrome- MARINe

USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership (WHISPers)
Mortality Reporting System

White-Nose Syndrome Response Team

Wildlife Health Australia

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

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March 21, 2020

Article: Bats are not to blame for coronavirus. Humans are

Stay in the know

Great article and video from CNN about how human behavior influences disease spillover between species by rapidly and negatively altering the natural world.


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July 01, 2019

Lead Ammunition is Now Banned for Hunting Wildlife in California

A step in the right direction for wildlife conservation! Beginning July 1, 2019, lead ammunition is banned for hunting wildlife anywhere in California. See article below:

Lead Ammunition is Now Banned for Hunting Wildlife in California

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June 04, 2019

Protect Wildlife from Rodenticides- Support AB 1788

Rodenticides kill far more than their intended targets. Support California bill AB 1788 to ban the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides which harms wildlife through secondary poisoning.

How to help:

Please email the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee, and ask them to vote YES in support of AB 1788.

Written comments are urgently requested to be in by 12 PM on Wednesday, June 5.

For more information about this bill, including how to email the committee, visit Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) at http://www.clawonline.org/banratpoison.

Many thanks to member @andreacala for bringing this issue to our attention.

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October 29, 2018

Monitoring Sick Birds this Winter- Project FeederWatch

Thank you for your contributions to the project so far! It has been very interesting seeing your observations from over 700 species worldwide! Please continue to monitor and submit morbidity and mortality observations to this project if possible. If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to add them below!

If you feed birds this winter in North America, another way to monitor sick/injured birds is by joining Project FeederWatch through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://feederwatch.org/. The 2018-19 season begins on November 10th and ends on April 5th. “Your bird counts help you keep track of what is happening in your own backyard and help scientists track long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.” You can also submit photos online which is a great way to track any diseases among birds that visit your feeder, especially House Finch eye disease.

Recent FeederWatch blog posts
• House Finch eye disease: https://feederwatch.org/blog/house-finch-eye-disease-increased-virulence-disease-progresses/
• Keeping your bird feeders clean to prevent disease: https://feederwatch.org/blog/cleaning-preventing-disease/

Monitoring wildlife populations is truly a team effort- thank you to all participants!

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