Beached Birds, COASST

Avian Influenza: 2022 headlines

Updated June 6, 2022

The health and safety of COASST surveyors on the beach is always our primary concern – we posted about best practices for bird handling on this page last month, and will continue to keep that page updated with CDC recommendations and case reports in the US over the coming months.

This post will track reports of Avian Influenza in wild birds around the world, through news reports. You can read a brief overview of the evolving situation here, here, or here.


Bird flu kills nearly 1,500 threatened Caspian terns on Lake Michigan islands: WKAR Public Media, June 29

Hundreds of Dead Birds Wash Up on Martha’s Vineyard: Officials Fear Bird Flu: NBC Boston, June 29

Avian influenza cases have doubled statewide, but no reports from the North Slope yet: The Arctic Sounder, June 23

Regional Birds Sent To Lab To Be Tested For Avian Flu: Nome Nugget, June 23


Country diary: Avian flu is devastating the seabirds of the Northern Isles: The Guardian, June 25

St Kilda bird flu deaths spark extinction fears for great skua: BBC, June 22

Avian influenza: Northern gannets on Bass Rock hit by bird flu: The Herald, June 16

Avian flu has jumped from chickens to wild birds and is spreading fast: The Conversation, June 14

Bird flu continuing to circulate in UK seabirds, RSPB warns: Farming UK, June 11

Hundreds of seabirds wash up on Scots shores as avian flu spreads: The Scottish Sun, June 7

Bird flu outbreak kills seabirds in UK with warning of ‘rapid and devastating’ spread of new strain: iNews, June 2

Thousands of birds dying as avian flu runs riot among seabird colonies: Shetland News, May 31

Hundreds of dead birds washed up on Solway Coast amid avian flu: BBC, February 6


Thousands of Gulf of St. Lawrence seabirds likely dead of avian flu: CBC, June 14

Hundreds of birds dead or dying of avian flu land on Cape Breton shores: CBC, June 6

Strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza kills thousands of birds in Quebec: CBC, June 1

International: Other

More than 20 wild birds at Hualien Creek estuary died abnormally and were sent for examination to confirm H5N1 infection: UDN, May 28 (google translate required to read!)

5,000 dead cranes counted at Hula Lake reserve amidst bird flu outbreak: Times of Israel, December 26, 2021.

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