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Wild Birds

Wild birds include feeder birds and wild waterfowl (fowl that normally swim such as ducks and geese).

If you see 5 or more dead wild birds in the same area, call the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at: 812-334-1137 or email dfwinput@dnr.in.gov

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources monitors the health of wild bird populations throughout the state. For Information on wild birds, visit the DNR website at: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3357.htm.

Wild Waterfowl & Migratory Game Birds

The Indiana DNR regulates hunting of waterfowl and migratory game birds. For information go to: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2713.htm.

Every year thousands of wild waterfowl are banded and tracked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in collaboration with state waterfowl managers. For more information on waterfowl banding go to: http://flyways.us/surveys-and-monitoring/banding-and-marking-programs/waterfowl-banding-program.

To see a map of where wild waterfowl have traveled go to: http://flyways.us/surveys-and-monitoring/banding-and-marking-programs/bands-across-america.

Hunting: the DNR permits hunters and sets dates for hunting seasons. For more information go to the DNR website at: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2344.htm.

Biosecurity for Wild Birds

Wild migratory waterfowl are known to be carriers of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. Waterfowl shed the virus in their feces, but do not become ill with the virus.

USDA Biosecurity with Wild Birds  

Avian Influenza surveillance in Wild Birds

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) samples wild birds across the state. An interactive map with wild bird test results is available at: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/8498.htm.