Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the nervous system and is always fatal unless the victim has been immunized or receives proper treatment. It affects all mammals. This two-page fact sheet provides background about the disease and what animals are likely to carry and spread rabies. It also covers rabies control, what to do if bitten by any animal, and what to do with a suspected rabid animal.
If you notice house finches at your bird feeder with crusty, watery, or infected-looking eyes, you are not alone. A condition called house finch conjunctivitis, discovered during the winter of 1993–94, is spreading through the eastern United States. Some sick birds recover, while others become blind and die of starvation or fall prey to cats and hawks. This four-page fact sheet discusses how to know if birds at your feeder have the disease, what happens to infected birds, which wild birds are affected, what you can do to prevent spread of the disease, what to do if you find dead birds at your feeder, and other issues.