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    Hi everyone,

    I am new to the forum and enjoying the lectures. I thought I’d post about an issue that I have been concerned about this spring. One day I was outside on y porch with my 4 yr old and we saw a bird flying over telephone pole hight fall to the ground. I have never in my life seen such a thing, but figured, stuff happens in nature, so I did not go collect the body or anything. Since then, I have seen many dead common birds on streets and yards around my home. I am in VA where mosquitos are terrible. This year, pest control companies have started mosquito free yard services for affordable prices. I’m wondering if the use of these chemicals is killing birds. I’m thinking I should collect the next dead bird I see and take it to my local extension office, or at least call them about this, but I have not done it yet. Have any of you heard anything about this sort of thing?



    I would definitely call the extension office and ask the protocol. Poisoned birds are a high probability (as in drinking or bathing in poisoned “mosquito-breeding” water). There are a lot of laws governing pesticide applicators (I know) and killing wildlife is usually a violation.

    I’m fairly certain no one is thinking of the consequences of poisoning water or spraying out one level of the food chain, but the results are the same…

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