August 3, 2005


This is a reminder to report dead blue jays to the City of Dallas.They are tracking unexplained deaths of these birds (i.e. no visiblesigns of trauma) to help determine which neighborhoods need to havetesting of mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus.In order to test a dead bird for West Nile, the health department mustpick up the bird within hours of its death....which is kind of hard todo since the staff only works until 4:00 each day and there aren'tthat many employees available to do this. However, even if the staffcannot pick-up the bird in a timely manner to test it, they still arerecording and tracking the blue jay deaths.Call 3-1-1 or the Health Department.