Avian Disease Prevention
Since 1982, we have helped prevent the spread of avian botulism and other avian diseases through our Avian Disease Prevention Program. Botulism is caused by the toxin Clostridium botulinum which occurs naturally within bacteria in anaerobic soil, and infected birds may eventually become paralyzed. Birds rescued in the early stages of the disease respond well to treatment with a 70% recovery rate. From summer through fall, our biologists and volunteers collect dead, sick, and injured birds in South Bay sloughs for the Avian Disease Prevention Project.
Volunteers can find the Avian Disease Prevention Volunteer Manual here.