Date: 11/13/20 11:12 am
From: claire p <redraptorlarry...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Fwd: Malformed Beak
Hi Nancy,
Does the request to send beak deformity info just apply to Alaska or the
entire US? I just see that your links and e-mail address seem to be
specifically for AK maybe? And I wanted to clarify. Thank you!

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 3:22 PM Nancy and Mike Thomas <
<shipwreck5000...> wrote:

> Deformed Bills
> There was an interesting article in Bird Watcher's Digest July/August '19
> suggesting that these deformities may be a virus in the same family that
> causes the common cold and polio in humans. Maxine Zylberberg discovered
> this in birds RNA. Zylberberg worked with Handel, Van Hemert and a team of
> researchers at the California Academy of Sciences and the University of
> California San Francisco offered to use their advanced DNA and RNA sequence
> technology on the bird bill samples. A previously unknown virus
> belonging to the family of picornaviruses was found in everyone of the
> birds with deformed bills. New virus was called poecivirus. The
> aforementioned information is what was written in the article.
> Handel requests that you report any birds with deformed bills on the
> website Alaskan Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey,
> or mail GS-AK_Beak_Deformity Thought this may
> be of interest to you and others. Nancy Thomas
> On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 11:36 PM Richard Leinen <rick.lumen...>
> wrote:
>> I believe I may have sent this to the wrong address. My apologies if you
>> already received it.
>> Rick Leinen
>> Wilsonville
>> Begin forwarded message:
>> *From: *Richard Leinen <rick.lumen...>
>> *Subject: **Malformed Beak*
>> *Date: *November 8, 2020 at 7:04:57 PM PST
>> *To: *<obol-bounce...>
>> I thought some may find this interesting. I saw a savannah sparrow today
>> on the Hatfield Marine Center trail that was missing most of its upper
>> mandible. It looks malformed, not broken. It was also missing all of its
>> tail feathers.
>> More pics here;

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