Aug 4, 2022
This week we do a deep-dive into the latest avian flu outbreak with Dr. Jennifer Ramsey, the state wildlife veterinarian for Montana. The latest outbreak was notable for its severity and the breadth of species it reached -- from waterfowl to raptors to turkeys. Dr. Ramsay said they would sometimes even find an entire nest, adults and fledglings, that had succumbed to the virus. Plus: Going from a traditional veterinary practice to wildlife veterinary medicine; ornery moose, and what biologists are watching for during the fall migration.
2:00 A peek inside a scientist's work freezer
5:00 Wildlife CSI
6:00 Marcia's stuffed zucchini recipe
10:00 Regular veterinary medicine to wildlife veterinary medicine
15:00 Avian influenza + wildlife... not all influenzas are created equal
17:00 The current avian flu is hitting snow and Canada geese especially hard; raptors are also struggling
20:00 Transmission by nasal secretions, saliva, feces (...but how did the turkeys get it!?)
21:00 Avian flu symptoms in birds
22:00 So... can you eat them?
25:00 Seeing an entire nest of raptors (adults + chicks) succumbed to avian flu
27:00 Proximity to people influences the degree to which birds are tested/detected
29:00 The role of the public in avian flu detection
34:00 Communicating a wildlife pandemic with the public
40:00 The timing of migrations and avian flu outbreak
42:00 Transmission between domestic and wild birds
49:00 Mortality in bad bird flu outbreaks can be severe
52:00 Darting an ornery moose at a campground
56:00 Darted animals... you're safe with us!