(Indianapolis, IN) - LaPorte County has gotten the all-clear for bird feeding from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. A couple of surrounding counties, though, are still under advisory.
Back in June, the DNR started investigating reports of birds dropping like flies. Since then, over 3,400 reports of sick or dead birds flooded in, prompting officials to call for a stop to bird feeding in most Indiana counties.
That advisory has been lifted for LaPorte and 75 other counties. However, residents in St. Joseph, Porter, and Lake Counties are still advised to refrain from attracting backyard birds.
Biologists still do not know what has caused the avian epidemic. However, they say it appears to have only affected certain species of songbirds in certain areas.