Songbird deaths: remove your birdfeeders!
Many species of songbirds in the Mid-Atlantic region and Eastern Upper MidWest are suddenly dying in large numbers of an unknown disease; symptoms include eye swelling and crusty discharge, head tremors, falling over or inability to stand.CT DEEP are asking Connecticut residents should remove and clean feeders and birdbaths, and avoid handling dead or injured birds without gloves to halt the potential spread of the disease. Susceptible species include common grackles, blue jays, starlings, robins, and other species of songbirds. Clean feeders and bird baths. This will help deter bears from being attracted to your yard as well.
Beech Leaf Disease
Beech leaf disease causes premature leaf drop and makes the trees more susceptible to other pests. Dark green striping between leaf veins is a characteristic symptom. There is no effective way to control this disease, which can be contained by limiting movement of plant materials and monitoring trees for symptoms.
Watch for Spotted Lanternfly Threat
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) feeds on a large and diverse range of trees (apples, cherries, and peaches) and plants (incl. grapevines), almost 50% of the trees in Connecticut are vulnerable. The insect could destroy the fruit which would have a devastating impact on local agriculture. Adult SLF are about an inch long with large, colorful wings; the nymphs are wingless with prominent spots and a snout-like head. Remove whenever possible.