Date: June 17, 2019

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers late this evening and after midnight. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 12.


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West Nile Virus Dead Bird Reporting Form

This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 3:21 PM

If you find a dead crow or blue jay:

  • REPORT it through one of these options:
    1. Online Form
    2. Call Lambton Public Health
    519-383-3824 or 1-800-667-1839 x 3824
  • If you do not receive a phone call within the next 24 hours, or by the next business day, please dispose of the bird(s).
  • Do not handle dead birds with bare hands. Use gloves to put the dead crow or blue jay into a double plastic bag. If gloves are not available, turn a plastic bag inside-out and scoop up the bird with the bag.
  • If the dead bird has been reported and will not be tested, place the bagged carcass in an outdoor garbage can for disposal. If the dead crow or blue jay will be tested, you will be instructed to save the bird and a LPH staff person will pick it up.
  • For health and safety reasons, please do not bring dead birds directly to the Lambton Public Health. They will not be accepted.

* Please note that Lambton Public Health cannot collect every dead bird. If the crow or blue jay has been dead for more than 24 hours, or if it is in an area where the West Nile virus has already been found, you will be asked to dispose of the bird.

West Nile virus surveillance efforts focus on the collection and testing of dead crows and blue jays, but Lambton Public Health will take reports of other types of dead birds, particularly large die-offs. These birds will not be submitted for testing, or collected by staff.

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)


  • Length 17 inches (45 cm)
  • larger than a man's shoe
  • Entirely black plumage
  • Black eyes, black feet, black beak
  • Squared-off tail


Blue Jay (Cyanocitta Cristata)  

  • Length 11 inches (28 cm)
  • approximate size of a human's hand
  • Bright blue back
  • White belly
  • Black facial markings

Blue jay image courtesy of the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre.


If you have questions about West Nile virus call the West Nile info line at 519-383-3824, toll free 1-800-667-1839 x 3824, or visit the related information section on this website.

Please complete all required form fields noted with the asterisk (*)

West Nile Virus Reporting Form

For Computers Only:

Personal Information

Personal information submitted on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection Act, 1989, as amended, and will be used only for its intended purpose. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Supervisor, Lambton Public Health, 160 Exmouth Street, Point Edward, Ontario N7T 7Z6 519-383-8331.







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