You may not have heard much about the Avian Flu that's been showing up around the world and devastating populations of chickens, turkeys, bald eagles, penguins, and more. You'll be hearing more about it very soon, since it's now in 27 states, including Illinois.
First reports of a new COVID variant (I think I went about 10 days without typing COVID, it felt good) then worries increase about possible restrictions looming on the horizon, and now we get a pretty serious case of bird flu right here in the Stateline.
Collisions with human-made structures is a leading cause of bird deaths in the United States, and a study last year found that Chicago is the deadliest city in the United States for migrating birds due to two main things: light pollution and geography.
Was it just mine, or did everyone's mom tell them to never touch a wild bird, living or dead, because they're crawling with germs, bugs, and assorted yucky-ness? Well, it turns out my mom (and maybe yours) had this one right (not that I listened).
Typically around this time of year every turns their attention to the Decorah, Iowa Eagle Cam. Not this year. Rockford has new stars to watch. The peregrine falcons atop the Rockford Register Star News Tower.