The Czech Republic’s second public bird census got underway on Friday.
Over the course of the next three days, people can observe birds flocking
on feeders in their gardens or parks, identify the species and send the
findings to the Czech Ornithological Society’s Website.
The purpose of the citizen science project is to discover more about the development of the country’s common birds.
Some 14,000 people took part in the census last year. The results showed that the most common birds in Czech gardens include blue tits and house sparrows.
Special provisions introduced to combat bird flu in the Czech Republic have evidently been brought to an end after veterinarians abolished the last remaining protection zone at Poseč in the Karlovy Vary region, Czech Television reported on Tuesday. Since the start of the year vets have put down around 100,000 birds over fears of possible infection. Outbreaks of avian flu began in the Czech Republic almost five months ago.
Vets will on Thursday put down over 30,000 chickens and ducks at two poultry farms in Cheb, West Bohemia after the confirmation of cases of bird flu. It will be the biggest single extermination of poultry since the current wave of avian flu began. The outbreak is the third detected in the region and the 37th in the Czech Republic. To date almost 60,000 birds have been put down because of the disease.
Czech veterinarians have confirmed the first outbreak of bird flu in the Pilsen region. A small poultry breeder from the village of Bohy has found 20 dead hens with tests later proving the presence of the H5 virus. Another outbreak has been reported from Dačice in South Bohemia. Overall, there are currently 32 cases of bird flu breaks in the country. While the H5 strain of bird flu is highly dangerous for birds, it has never caused illness in human beings.
Liberec Zoo has lost a rare spot-billed pelican to bird flu. The female is the second specimen to die from the disease at the facility, after a swan succumbed to the illness; a veterinarian at the zoo, Roman Šebesta, said both specimens had died from the same strain, H5N5. Three other specimens of the spot-billed pelican at the zoo will not be killed as the animal is endangered.
The dead swan from Liberec Zoo was found to have a different subtype of bird flu than that which has killed thousands of birds around the Czech Republic, veterinary officers said on Monday. The swan was allegedly killed by the H5N5 virus, rather than the H5N8 which is more widespread. The new subtype does not present a threat to humans. The bird flu has now been confirmed in 28 localities around the country and 58,000 birds have been slaughtered to date.
Bird flu has been confirmed in a dead swan at the zoo in Liberec, north Bohemia, a spokesperson for the State Veterinary Administration told reporters. Eight other birds that were in close proximity to the swan were put down on Friday. The case is the third recorded outbreak of avian influenza in the Liberec Region and the 27th in the country in the current wave of the disease.
Just over a month after the first case of bird flu was detected in the Czech Republic, the spread of the deadly H5 virus continues. Vets have now confirmed its incidence in twenty localities around the country, five of which were confirmed just this weekend. The most serious case is in the vicinity of Blatná, South Bohemia, where 20 thousand ducks are to be slaughtered in the coming hours. Several countries outside the EU have banned imports of poultry from the Czech Republic.
Czech veterinarians have confirmed the first outbreak of bird flu at a large commercial poultry farm. The farm in question is near Blatná in South Bohemia with the estimated 6500 ducks there set to be killed on Thursday. The breeder found 160 dead ducks on Tuesday and Wednesday with tests later proving the presence of the H5 virus. An investigation into how the flock, which should have been kept away from wild birds, was infected is now being carried out. It is the 11th case of bird flu in the Czech Republic in the last couple of weeks.