The Tamarack Wildlife Center confirmed that the mysterious songbird pathogen reached Northwest Pennsylvania last week and cases have been found in Crawford and Erie Counties. The Center is joining the Game Commission in asking area residents to please take down all bird feeders and baths, including hummingbird feeders out of an abundance of caution. Much like with COVID-19 social distancing, preventing birds from congregating in a single area should help slow the spread while authorities determine what disease is killing birds. Multiple species like grackles, cardinals, wrens, jays, and starlings have been observed with neurological symptoms and developing crusting and lesions around their eyes before dying. Answers to common questions about this pathogen can be found on Tamarack Wildlife Center’s Facebook Page and sightings of infected birds can be reported here.
Edinboro University’s Movies Under the Stars returns for the summer beginning tomorrow night at 9PM. Families from all over the area are invited to come on over, bring their own blanket, snacks, and lawn chairs to enjoy free screenings of classic family films. Tomorrow’s feature is the Disney animated classic Mulan played on the yard at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center. The first three films will be shown every Thursday at the student center with the final three being shown Thursday nights at Goodell Gardens and Homestead.
In State News, President Joe Biden traveled to Philadelphia yesterday to give an address and urge the United States Congress to pass the ‘For the People Act’. He called restrictive voting legislation introduced in many states, including Pennsylvania, the “test of our time” and the biggest threat to US Democracy since the civil war.