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A duck at a national wildlife refuge in southern New Mexico has tested positive for a bird flu strain that's deadly to waterfowl and poultry.

The case is the latest in a growing outbreak of bird flu, especially the highly contagious H5N2 strain affecting poultry in multiple states. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people to be low.

New Mexico wildlife officials said Tuesday this marks the first time the highly virulent strain has been confirmed in the state.

Sandhill Cranes

Jan 1, 2015
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1/3, Sat. 9am:  Every cold season, tens of thousands of sandhill cranes  spend their winters in New Mexico. What are they doing here? How long have they been coming? How and why do they make their trumpeting calls?  We'll learn all about the magestic sandhill crane with UNM professor Dr. Crhsitopher Witt, Curator of Birds at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Plus, our KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and great music.  Join us!

Rita Daniels

The National Audubon Society was recently awarded Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Award for its comprehensive report linking climate change to a drastic reduction in future bird populations. Biologists and birders in New Mexico are already seeing major changes.

Birding With Kids & The Cowbird Mafia

Mar 26, 2014

  Sat. 3/29, 9am:  Looking for birds is easy when you know the basics of birding. We'll also cover the cowbird mafia, taking over nests nationwide. Birds of a feather, let's flock together on Saturday morning. 

Photo via by ellenm1

Flocks of geese, cranes and ducks aren't likely to find a warm welcome in the drought stricken sanctuaries of Texas. As Monica Ortiz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that may be good news for bird watchers in New Mexico.