The PA Game Commission has lifted its recommendation to refrain from feeding birds. The mysterious malaise that has decimated eastern songbird populations this spring and summer appears to be in decline. The disease does not appear to be infectious. And there is no evidence that maintaining feeders and birdbaths has contributed to the incidence of the disease.
While diagnostic laboratories continue the search for the cause(s) of the illness, wildlife management agencies are lifting precautions in large part due to the public’s vigilant participation in monitoring of avian health conditions. Standard guidelines about cleaning feeders and watering stations remain in effect. As avian migrations begin and natural food sources diminish, the announcement is well timed for bird and bird watchers.