The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has received reports of sick and dead cardinals in north Florida from concerned residents who have bird feeders. Cleaning bird feeders can decrease the potential for spreading diseases.
If you have bird feeders, take the time to follow the guidelines to minimize the risk of disease transmission.
If you observe dead cardinals or other dead songbirds in your yard, remove your bird feeders for a period of at least two weeks. Report your observations to the wild bird mortality surveillance system.
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On a recent trip, FWC researchers caught and outfitted 15 amberjack with internally implanted acoustic tags and externally affixed yellow dart tags. The acoustic tags emit an ultrasonic identification number that is detected and logged by submerged acoustic receivers throughout the Keys, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean as part of the iTAG and FACT arrays. Anglers can help with this study by reporting a recaptured fish’s tag number, length, date and location of recapture to the FWC tag return hotline at 1-800-367-4461.
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