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Campaign Resources and Materials

Campaign Resources and Materials

In early 2004, APHIS launched the Biosecurity For Birds outreach initiative in response to the 2002/2003 outbreak of exotic Newcastle disease (END) in California and other Western states.

This was the largest animal disease outbreak in the United States in 30 years. It took 10 months to eradicate and when it was over, the State and Federal governments had spent more than $160 million and four million birds were depopulated. While a majority of the birds came from commercial operations, many also came from backyard flocks and bird enthusiasts.

APHIS works with individual states on disease surveillance aimed at non-commercial poultry and bird owners. The Biosecurity For Birds program is continuing its mission to educate backyard poultry owners and bird enthusiasts about the steps they can take to prevent infectious poultry diseases such as END and avian influenza (AI) and what to do in the event a disease outbreak is suspected.

Campaign Educational Materials

Submit your bird photos for consideration for the annual Biosecurity for Birds calendar.



Youth Program Information


USDA Resources


Other Federal Agency Resources

  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    Learn what the CDC is doing to help people protect themselves against AI.
  • and
    The official government Web site for information on pandemic flu and avian flu.
  • United States Geologic Survey (USGS)
    The National Wildlife Health Center at USGS has an avian influenza site with maps, news updates, and fact sheets focusing on wild birds.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for keeping America's borders safe and secure. CBP's works to keep illegal material (including birds and poultry) or individuals from entering the United States, while also facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. See travel tips on bringing items into the United States.


Extension Resources

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    Find your nearest Cooperative Extension Office through this comprehensive and easy to navigate directory developed by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Extension Disaster Education Network
    The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) links Extension educators from across the U.S. and various disciplines, enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters.

State Links

  • Diagnostic Laboratories
    APHIS has developed a list of diagnostic labs that deal with poultry. This list includes contact information for labs in several states.
  • State Veterinarians
    The United States Animal Health Association has compiled a comprehensive list of State Veterinarians organized by state. The list includes contact information.
  • State Departments of Agriculture
    The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) maintains an online directory of all State Departments of Agriculture.
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