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2024-01-04: Avian Science Notes January newsletter

In this issue:

  • Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues to attack in California
  • Passing of Susie Reichel
  • 2024 State Avian Bowl Qualifier


Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues to attack in California

2023-12-07: Avian Science Notes December newsletter

Table of Contents:

A look at Louisville happenings

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) moving across and down the state

Humboldt Poultry Fanciers’ Association (HPFA) has found a new Show Home

2024 Avian Bowl Qualifier


A look at Louisville happenings

Captions: The California State Champions were recognized as the National Champions at the 4-H National Poultry & Egg Conference.

2023-10-30: HPAI positive cases in Monterey & Merced counties

                 Oct. 30, 2023

Urgent:  After 2+ months of being free of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), California has a positive case.  The last case was a detection in wild birds in Monterey county.  The current case involves a commercial flock in Merced county.

While the HPAI risks from migrating waterfowl have long been known, more and more wild bird species are being infected with virus.   All poultry owners must increase their biosecurity efforts.

                                            -Dr. Bradley


2023-03-13: Avian Science Notes March newsletter

Avian Science Notes - March 2023

2023   Avian Bowl State Qualifier

Photo Caption: The 2023 California Senior Avian Bowl Champions – Duck, Duck, Goose from Merced, Contra Costa, and Sonoma Counties

Left to Right: Dr. Bradley, Rylin Gamble, Chloe Hausmann, and Tuilerie Gayeton

2022-12-09: Humboldt Poultry Fancier Show (HPFA) cancelled for February 2023

HPFA officer has informed me that the club was unable to secure a venue for their February 2023 Show.   This is a great loss for the 2023 California poultry show circuit.    Anyone who has exhibited at a HPFA event know that the organizers are wonderful hosts.

                                                                                                                                    -Dr. Bradley

2022-11-30: Start studying for the 2023 Avian Bowl Qualifier (revised 12/1)

We, the National Avian Bowl Co-chairs (Drs. Bradley & Hall) are redoing the National Avian Bowl Study Manual.   However, the new Manual will not be ready until next fall.

So the sections below that have pages are from the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual. The other sections will be available on-line early in the new year.

You need to check this site regularly for details on the 2023 Qualifier, including the entry forms.

2022-10-25: More confirmed HPAI cases

       My thanks to United Egg Producers (UEP) for sharing the following.   Over the past 6 days, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has reported 26 confirmations of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).   Most of the confirmations were from backyard flocks.    The fall migration is continuing.    All bird owners should assume that the virus is present in wild birds.

                                                                               -Dr. Bradley

2022-08-20: Positive HPAI cases and the counties impacted, continues to increase

      Thanks to our State Veterinarian, Dr. Jones, for keeping us informed.   Cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) unfortunately are on the increase.  They are no longer restricted to wild birds, backyard flocks have tested positive as well.  I will continue to tell my readers what I have been saying for decades:  protect your birds - keep them under a solid cover!  

       From Dr. Jones:

2022-07-21: Alert - HPAI is in California

     Dr. Annette Jones, our State Veterinarian, informed me today that HPAI has been confirmed in a WILD Canada goose in Sonoma County.   This is addition to positives in wild waterfowl in Colusa County.  Keep your birds indoors or under a SOLID cover.

             -Dr. Bradley