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Bird Advocates Fear That West Nile Virus Could Silence the Spring

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Science  20 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5589, pp. 1989
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5589.1989

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R, M So far, most reports of absent avians have been anecdotal or based on sketchy data. But next week, at the 3rd North American Ornithological Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, researchers are expected to call for a major new federal effort to understand West Nile's impact on wild birds--which would also help scientists study its potential threat to humans.