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Postby WildlifeServ » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:46 pm

I am from USDA/ Wildlife Services in RI and am looking for duck hunters that would be intrested in helping me. Basically, when you kill a duck or goose, just give me a call. I will meet you and just take a quick cloacal swab of your freshly killed bird. THATS IT. I am part of a natunal study for wild bird health. Please let me know if you are intrested.


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Postby IBBoykin » Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:46 am

I will assume you driving down to Mississippi is not what you were considering. :toofunny:
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Postby harvey1b » Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:32 pm

What is this all about? How far are you willing to travel?
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Postby WildlifeServ » Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:40 pm

We are testing wild birds nationwide to make sure that the birds are healthy. I am stationed in RI so I will meet the hunter whereever they need in RI. Yes unfourtiunetly Mississippi is to far of a drive for me. :smile:
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Postby Smackaduck » Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:13 pm

I this for the avian flu. If so I just got through reading an article about this earlier today. It said that biologists will be catching and checking birds as well as checking kills at public hunting areas.
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Postby WildlifeServ » Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:27 pm

Yes this is one of the main things we are testing for
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Postby WildlifeServ » Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:58 am

please if you are in RI hunting give me a call and i will swab your bird then be on my way. My number is 413-658-5838.
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Postby Gooseboy » Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:57 am

You might want to post this in the RI forumn as well. :thumbsup:
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Postby ak_powder_monkey » Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:59 pm

question: why just test healthy dead birds won't birds with avian flu be sick looking?
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Postby RaiderHater » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:39 pm

We had a gentleman swab a few of our ducks on the Opener. He was only swabbing a few species and he was not too good at identifying the ducks. He swabbed a few Widgeon that he thought were Scaup. We all got a good laugh.
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Postby duckhunter052002 » Tue Oct 31, 2006 9:11 pm

WE HAVE HAD A FEW FEDERAL BOYS DO ASWAB TEST ON A FEW OF OUR BIRDS AND ASK FOR WINGS, WE AGREED TO LET HIM HAVE ANY OF THE WINGS HE WANTED EXCEPT FOR A PAIR OF GOLDEN EYES I HAD SET ASIDE FOR MOUNTING , HE KEPT GRABBING THEM CALLING THEM BUFFELHEADS... NEEDLESS TO SAY I HAVE MY GOLDEN EYES AND HE LOST THE BATTLE.

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Postby WildlifeServ » Wed Nov 01, 2006 4:36 pm

We test all the birds dead and alive. For the one's that are hunted and killed they don't always look sick right away so we may never know if the disease has gotten here.

We don't take any wings. Just a cloacla sample with a swab and sometimes a trachial sample.
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Postby duckhunter052002 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:52 pm

i am aware of the test,,, we have been testing birds here since the early season, i am still confused, what should we be looking for when we take birds, are there any signs that we should be ware of?
hoe you can answer my questions

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Postby WildlifeServ » Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:07 am

There is really not much to look for in the birds that are alive. A sure sign is if they are acting abnormal and letting you get close because they are to distorted to fly, or if you notice a lot of dead birds and they have no visable wounds. However, the avian flue is much like the flu we get, the virus could be in us for days and we may not know it. That is why we have been testing all the migritory birds so we know soon as possible.
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Postby duckhunter052002 » Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:17 pm

i thank you for the info the biggest prob we have is alte in season when the snow geese get to numerious and we end up with a lot of cholera.

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Lots of dead birds?

Postby Bill Collector Bob » Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:22 pm

uh oh if lots of dead birds means the bird flu I think my firebarker and I started a national pandemic :laughing: Didn't hear of too much testing in upper Michigan this year, are they mainly concerned with coastal fowl?
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Postby duckhunter052002 » Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:03 am

in this part of the fly way we are mainly concerned with collara. it only seems to bother the snows and blues.

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