on this cold April morning
birdsong fills the air
instead of bringing joy this year
it seems to signal despair
a warning of dire times ahead
9:24 AM, April 14, 2022
birds appear to know something we don’t
trying desperately to tell us before it’s too late
flocking to places that they hope they’ll be safe
to fly free, find a sanctuary, food, and a mate
lives threatened by the cost of hubris and greed
by humans who think they can improve nature
by tinkering with seed
I wonder as I listen to birdsong and cries
if the world of the future will grow silent
and dreary with beauty’s demise
3:47 PM, April 14, 2022
“Amid outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center is urging individuals to help mitigate its spread by taking down their bird feeders and other apparatus that birds use to congregate.” Source: Kare11.com
“The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed several findings of the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild waterfowl in the Atlantic flyways in January 2022. On February 8, 2022 APHIS confirmed H5N1 HPAI in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. Since then it has been confirmed in multiple states and flock types. The USDA updates the latest HPAI detections on its website.
“The first cases of H5N1 in Minnesota were confirmed on March 25, 2022.
“The virus has not caused human illness. According to the CDC, Recent Bird Flu Infections in U.S. Wild Birds and Poultry Pose a Low Risk to the Public.
Edited Screenshot to show Duluth in relation to HPAI outbreak areas – Source