HPAI Precautionary Measures:
Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy is currently implementing preventative measures to protect our resident birds from contracting Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). After the February announcement of positive cases in wild Mallards and Black ducks in New Haven, New London and Middlesex Counties. HPAI is concerning for waterfowl species and can be highly infectious and fatal to them. In response to HPAI we have implemented a few preventative measures that will help keep our birds healthy, and may impact your visit:
• We have temporarily closed two of our walk through aviaries. These aviaries can still be viewed from outside the aviary.
• Netting has been installed over other exhibits to prevent wild birds from congregating.
• We ask that guests who have been near poultry farms or backyard chicken flocks to refrain from going into indoor exhibits or barns.
• As the virus is transferred by fecal matter, shoe disinfection may be required to enter specific areas to limit birds' exposure to outside materials.
Please feel free to call our office with any questions, 860-567-2062.