The Raptor Center: Avian flu transmission drops, bird feeders can return

Bring out the bird feeders: A recent update from The Raptor Center with the University of Minnesota indicates the transmission of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), or avian flu, is low enough to allow for the return of feeders.

Previously, animal health officials urged Minnesotans to consider removing any bird feeders and birdbaths as bird flu spread.

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Last week, those officials issued an update to indicate that although HPAI is still present in wild birds, research shows there is a strong enough decrease in the number of positive cases that Minnesotans can put out their bird feeders once again.

The Raptor Center states animal health officials will continue monitoring the situation and will provide updates on social media or its website as necessary.