Public notice: allowing possession of found dead migratory birds

We are informing the public of an exception to paragraph 6(b) of the Migratory Birds Regulations.

Normally you are not allowed to have in your possession any migratory birds that you find dead. But, under the variance, you may possess such birds if (and only if) you are in the process of delivering them to authorities for testing. This variance will be in effect until August 20, 2022.

We made this exception to help us monitor bird viruses. Testing dead birds is the most effective way to detect these viruses. We need the public’s help to bring found dead birds to our partners for testing.

The Government of Canada is responsible for protecting and conserving migratory birds. This responsibility falls under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.

What to do if you find a dead migratory bird

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