Dead Bird Testing

We Are Not Testing Birds at this Time

If you have questions or concerns about bird health or dead birds, please call the Colorado HELP Line at 1-877-462-2911. Staff is available at this number from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Common Corvids of Colorado

Blue Jay
Blue Jay 

Crow
Crow

Gray Jay
Gray Jay

Magpie
Magpie

Nut Cracker
Nut Cracker

Pinon Jay
Pinon Jay

Raven
Raven

Scrub Jay
Scrub Jay

All Photos courtesy of Bill Schmoker of Boulder, CO

Dead Bird Testing as Method of Disease Detection

The purpose of bird testing is to provide early warning of West Nile Virus (WNV) activity and to determine areas of increased risk of human exposure.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has determined that testing birds for WNV is not necessary at this time. Boulder County Public Health will not be accepting any more birds for testing until otherwise notified by the state health department.

If you find a dead bird, do not touch it. Place the carcass in a plastic bag using a shovel or disposable gloves, double-bag it, and throw it away in an outdoor trash receptacle. Dispose of the gloves, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

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Vector Control Program

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