Birds at Milton’s Trailside Museum in quarantine as avian flu spreads

MILTON – The Blue Hills Trailside Museum has moved all of its bird exhibits indoors due to concerns about cases of the avian flu.

The US Department of Agriculture reported birds infected by a new strain of the flu, called H5N1, in North Carolina and South Carolina as early as January. The first case in New England was reported last month in New Hampshire, and Massachusetts reported its first two cases March 1.

H5N1 is highly contagious among birds, and especially fatal to certain species, the state said.

Mass Audubon Metro South Regional Director Lauren Gordon, who oversees the museum, said it has 27 birds of 16 different species in the exhibit. The birds will be moved into restricted areas where they will be placed into enclosures with at least a covered top.

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