March 06, 2019

Wildlife Rehabilitation Resources

If you encounter injured, ill, or orphaned wildlife, please contact your Department of Natural Resources or regional Game and Fish Office for further information. Wildlife rehabilitation centers and veterinarians may also offer assistance (please call first).

Concerning wildlife:

-Do not take baby wildlife from the wild.
-Quietly observe wildlife from a respectable distance.
-Do not try to care for wildlife on your own; many species require specialized handling and care. There is great potential to do more harm than good.
-Do not keep wildlife as pets; in many cases, it is illegal to posses wildlife without proper state and federal permits.
-Do not approach or handle unfamiliar animals or animals exhibiting abnormal behavior; injuries (bites, scratches) and zoonotic disease transmission are risks. 
-Report abnormal animal behavior and animal bites to appropriate authorities such as animal control, veterinarian, public health agency, and/or wildlife agency.
-Keep pets up-to-date on their vaccines; limit exposure to wildlife by keeping cats indoors and dogs on leashes.

For additional information on wildlife rehabilitation, please visit:

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council

If you have any tips on wildlife rehabilitation, please add them in the comments below! Thanks!

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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: 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:
• Keeping your bird feeders clean to prevent disease:

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

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October 27, 2018

Wildlife Disease Association October 2018 Newsletter


Topics include:
Update of African Swine Fever in wild boar in Europe & Asia
WDA 67th International Conference in St Augustine Summary
WDA Looks Toward Increasing Sustainability of All WDA Operations
2019 Could be the Year!
Wildlife Health & Pathology Short Course
A Blast from the Past: WDA Recovers Its Earliest Publications
Results of WDA’s First Crowd Funding Wildlife Health/Disease Grants Call
Report on EWDA to WDA Council, September 9, 2018
Africa Middle East Section Update
USGS Quarterly Wildlife Mortality Report

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USGS National Wildlife Health Center Newsletter September 2018

From the USGS NWHC website (

"Release Date: SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
Newsletter from the National Wildlife Health Center in September 2018. Updates on avian influenza, amphibian diseases, chronic wasting disease, harmful algal blooms, vaccine development, and white-nose syndrome."

View the newsletter here:

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July 11, 2018

Wildlife Health Network

There is a wealth of information available about wildlife health, diseases, and conservation. I've compiled a list of online resources that includes wildlife health organizations, websites, and professional associations 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 below. I'd love to check it out! -Stacie

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

Australian Registry of Wildlife Health

Avian Medicine

Bayer Bee Health

Bighorn Sheep Disease Research Consortium

Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

Center for Biological Diversity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance

EcoHealth Alliance

Garden Wildlife Health

Global Ranavirus Reporting System

Honey Bee Health Coalition

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


NOAA Fisheries


Saiga Conservation Alliance

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome- MARINe

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services (WS)

USGS National Wildlife Health Center

White-Nose Syndrome Response Team

Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildlife Health Australia

Wildlife Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Wildlife Rehabilitation MD


World Health Organization (WHO)

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)


Professional Associations:

American Association of Public Health Veterinarians

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

American College of Zoological Medicine

American Society of Mammalogists

Association of Avian Veterinarians

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians

Association of Zoos & Aquariums

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

The Wildlife Society

Wildlife Disease Association

World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association

World Veterinary Association

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Common Disease Observations

Common diseases observed/reported in this project so far:
House Finch eye disease (Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis)- Mycoplasma gallisepticum
Avian beak deformities- keratin disorder; poecivirus
Fungal diseases- snake fungal disease
Viral diseases- fibropapillomatosis, distemper

Internal/External parasites:
Mange mites
Avian Knemidocoptes spp. mites (scaly leg mites)
Bot flies and cuterebra

Fractures (wings, limbs)
Hit by car
Window strikes
Fishing line/hook entanglement

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