Amid predictions that the West Nile virus will reach the Bay Area some time this summer, local health and pest control authorities are keeping a sharp eye out for mosquitoes carrying the disease. The first sign of the virus’ presence is likely to be dead birds; crows, ravens, jays, magpies, and hawks are particularly susceptible. If you see any such dead birds, call the hotline set up by the California Department of Health, (877) WNV-BIRD. Do not handle the birds yourself.
Join Bay Nature editors and readers to find birds, bees, butterflies and flowers at the Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara. We'll meet a 9 a.m. at the park entrance on Lick Mill Drive, then spend three hours exploring