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Experts Recommend Removing, Cleaning Feeders As Widespread Salmonella Outbreak Kills Songbirds

An outbreak of salmonella in songbirds has made its way from the West Coast to Utah, and officials are asking locals to remove or clean any bird feeders immediately.

“We’re getting birds from Salt Lake all the way up to Cache Valley,” said DaLyn Marthaler, the founder and executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden. “It’s so widespread.”


The outbreak has been linked to the deaths of hundreds of pine siskins, house finches, goldfinches and Cassin’s finches in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and even as far east as North Carolina. Cases started popping up in November, though the majority of the spread has been seen in the last month. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.