The S.C. Department of Natural Resources said it is OK to put bird feeders back up, as long as Pine Siskin are no longer visiting. Please be sure to carefully clean your bird feeders on a regular basis. “Cleaning feeders regularly helps prevent outbreaks. Bacteria and diseases are often shed by food or water contaminated with feces. Feeders that aren’t properly maintained can lead to the severe harm of local bird populations.” Humans can also contract these illnesses from feeders, so be sure to follow proper hygiene practices when cleaning bird feeders, houses, etc.
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