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Keep bird feeders clean or put them away for the summer


A Mountain Bluebird is pictured on a ranch near Three Forks. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

HELENA – To prevent the spread of disease, such as salmonella, bird enthusiasts should consider either removing their bird feeders for the summer or cleaning the feeder regularly. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has received several phone calls recently about dead birds around feeders and birds with crusty eyes.

Birds don't need supplementary food in the summer. They typically eat naturally occurring food, such as insects, during this time of year when they are nesting and rearing their young. 

If you suspect that you are seeing sick birds, or find dead birds around your feeders, plea...

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