Experts still searching for a cause into what’s killing songbirds in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The ongoing illness that’s claiming birds in northern Virginia continues to plague wildlife experts as to what is causing the issue.

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) says that in late May, wildlife managers in the region began getting reports of birds that were sick and dying.

Birds have been having their eyes swell and have shown signs of neurological issues.

The majority of the birds affected have been grackles, blue jays, European starlings, and American robins as well as other species of songbirds.

VDWR officials say that there is still no root cause for these issues but they have said that no human health or domestic livestock and poultry have been reported.

Wildlife experts are continuing to urge the removal of all bird feeders which can help attract birds – some of which may have become inflicted with the mystery illness.

They say that if you come in contact with a dead or sick bird in Virginia, you can submit an online report by clicking here.

You can then dispose of the bird(s) by placing it in a plastic bag, seal it and toss it away with your household trash. You can also bury them deeply.

VDWR says they will alert the public when the mortality event is over and when bird feeding can resume.

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