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Facility Limitations & Avian Flu

Temporary Location Limitations

At present, the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care (OVBWCC) Centre is operating out of a temporary, rented facility while our new facility is under construction (currently delayed in municipal review of the site plan). This interim location provides sufficient space for us to care for a variety of different species, but is inadequate for handling certain high-risk patients. After considering various options, OVWBCC was unable to find a practical and financially feasible solution for handling high-risk birds directly, such as those potentially infected with or carrying the Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu (HPAI).​ Since the well-being of the birds entrusted into our care is paramount, OVWBCC made the difficult decision not to take in any swans, geese or ducks at this time. (Please see the additional details about HPAI below.) ​

Thank you for understanding. 

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

The OVWBCC operates in accordance with government guidelines for wildlife rehabilitation facilities with enhanced biosecurity measures. We recognize that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues to spread amongst global wild bird populations including in Ontario. The virus is shed in the saliva, mucus, and feces of infected birds and is transmitted to other birds via ingestion or inhalation.

The Canadian Wildlife Service (ECCC-CWS) has the lead responsibility for implementing the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (MBCA) and associated regulations. 

Although HPAI most often results in identifiable symptoms and rapid death in most bird species, some species such as geese and ducks may carry the disease without exhibiting any clinical symptoms. These birds are considered to be 'super spreaders', able to spread the disease very rapidly to other birds which is why OVWBCC is unable to take in these species at this time. Please call us for options and additional information: (613) 854-2849.

If you encounter a sick or dead wild bird, please contact the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative by phone (866-673-4781) or report online: https://cwhc.wildlifesubmissions.org

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