The Capitol City Bird Society is based in Sacramento, CA. We sponsor educational events to support and encourage the understanding and care of exotic birds such as macaws, cockatiels, finches, amazons, love birds, plus many more species. The CCBS is a non-profit 501.3c organization.

We offer a variety of fun and educational programs for members and their guests. Some of these include speakers, slide show presentations, hosting a booth at the California State Fair, November nature outing, monthly newsletter, and a fun raffle at each monthly General Membership Meeting.  Guests are invited.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Please be aware that the State Veterinarian has mandated euthanasia for thousands of birds (mostly poultry) in some Southern California counties due the an outbreak of Avian Newcastle's Disease.  

This is very serious threat and all bird owners are encouraged not to move ANY bird out of the quarantined areas. Refer to the press release below from February 27th.

California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones today [Wed 27 Feb
2019] modified Southern California's quarantine area to further
restrict bird movement as work continues to eradicate virulent
Newcastle disease (vND). The quarantine mandates the reporting of sick
birds and prohibits poultry owners from moving birds in all of Los
Angeles County, and in large areas of San Bernardino and Riverside
counties.The modified quarantine extends from the northern and southern borders
of western Riverside County to the Salton Sea--including the Coachella
Valley--and as far east as Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County, with
a northern boundary of State Route 58 at the Kern County line. The
quarantine language and a map may be found at CDFA's VND Web site.The quarantine requires bird owners to allow diagnostic testing, to
isolate poultry from other species, to cease exhibitions, to stop the
shipping and receiving of birds, and to enhance biosecurity.

"By modifying the quarantine area in Southern California, we are
building upon an ongoing effort to eradicate virulent Newcastle
disease," said Dr. Jones. "The primary way that VND spreads is by
people moving sick birds. Extending the prohibition of bird movement
across a larger area is the next logical step in being able to stop
the spread of the virus and to eradicate the disease."

VND is a nearly-always fatal respiratory infection in poultry. Birds
may seem healthy but will die within days of being infected. There is
no cure. The virus is also transmitted by people who have VND on their
clothes or shoes, and by equipment or vehicles that can transport the
disease from place to place.

There are no human health concerns provided any meat or eggs are
cooked properly. People who come in direct contact with the virus may
develop conjunctivitis-like symptoms or run a mild fever.

The only way to stop the virus and eradicate the disease is to
euthanize birds. This includes all infected birds as well as birds
within heavily-infected areas.

Since May 2018, staff from the California Department of Agriculture
(CDFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been working
in joint incident command to eradicate VND in Southern California. The
highly contagious virus has resulted, or will soon result, in the
euthanasia of more than one million birds in Los Angeles, Riverside,
San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

Birds from 4 poultry industry producers in Riverside County and 2
poultry industry producers in San Bernardino County have also been
infected with VND and all birds in those facilities have been or will
be euthanized.

For more information about movement restrictions, biosecurity, and
testing requirements, please call the Sick Bird Hotline (866) 922-2473
or email SFSPermits@cdfa.ca.gov

Attention:
Residents in Areas of Active vND Virus Spread
Message from State Veterinarian, Dr. Annette Jones
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Due to progression and duration of a virulent Newcastle Disease (vND)
outbreak in parts of Southern California, the State Veterinarian has
ordered mandatory euthanasia of birds in some neighborhoods within or
near:

- Compton and Whittier (Los Angeles County)
- Eastvale, Menifee, Mira Loma/Jurupa Valley, Norco, Nuevo, Perris,
and Riverside City (Riverside County)
- Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Muscoy, and Ontario (San Bernardino
County)

Unfortunately, even birds and flocks previously testing negative, but
now falling within a designated mandatory euthanasia area, must be
euthanized. USDA/CDFA staff will contact affected bird owners with
orders specific to their property.

While this action is difficult for all involved, it MUST be done to
eradicate VND. Otherwise, the disease will continue to spread and kill
additional flocks.

For more information please refer to: virulent Newcastle disease FAQs
or call the Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-2473

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[USDA continues to post notices of more birds found with Newcastle
disease virus
<https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/233803c>,
but this notice from California seems to give a bit more information
regarding the situation.

For those in the euthanasia zone this is incredibly hard as it
includes exotic birds, pet birds and commercial birds. Economically it
is hard on the commercial/production bird owners, but emotionally it
is especially hard on the exotic and pet bird owners. Many of these
exotic and even many of the pet birds are very expensive and the pets
and people are emotionally bonded.

While one may think only of the owners, the act of euthanasia can
impact veterinarians and workers emotionally and psychologically. It
is not easy on veterinarians take a pet or any animal's life.

What is most baffling is why, when this outbreak has been going on for
many months more owners are not vaccinating their birds, especially
their pet birds. - Mod.TG

HealthMap/ProMED map available at:
California, United States: <http://healthmap.org/promed/p/204>]