Government of Canada allowing the temporary possession of migratory bird carcasses
The Government of Canada would like to inform the public of a variance to paragraph 6(b) of the Migratory Birds Regulations, to allow for the temporary possession of found dead migratory birds, which is in effect until August 25, 2018.
As public participation in the study of dead migratory birds is necessary to help conduct surveys on avian viruses, it is permitted to temporarily possess found dead migratory birds to allow for swift delivery of such birds to provincial or territorial authorities for analysis. The Government of Canada is responsible, under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, to ensure that migratory birds are protected and conserved. Testing dead birds is believed to be the most effective method available for the detection of avian viruses. In all other circumstances, a prohibition against possessing the carcass of a migratory bird remains in effect.
What you need to do if you find a dead migratory bird:
- Call the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative at 1-800-567-2033.
- Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for guidance on precautions to take when handling wild birds.
- For more information on the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, visit Environment and Climate Change Canada's website.
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