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Dead Birds

Contact Us

  •  850-595-6700



    Mailing Address

    Downtown Service Center, 1300 West Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 




The report of dead birds may help detect a public health threat to our community. To report an incident, please do the following:

Wild Birds 

Report unusual sickness or die-offs in wild birds to the Florida Fish and Wild Life Conservation Commission at the following website: Surveillance for Wild Bird Die-offs. If you do not have internet access you can call the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County’s (DOH-Escambia) Environmental Health office at 850-595-6700 and we will enter the data for you.

Domestic Poultry 

Report unusual sickness or die-offs in domestic poultry to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry at the following website: Reportable Animal Diseases. You may also submit by phone or e-mail.

            Phone: 850-410-0900, or after hours 800-342-5869

A report can also be filed with the USDA area office at 352-333-3120 or by email to

Disposing of Birds 

If you need to dispose of dead birds yourself, please read the following instructions:

  • Do not handle bird with your bare hands – wear latex or rubber gloves.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke while handling carcass.

Illustration: Handling of Dead Bird

  • Pick up bird with plastic bag by reaching through the bag with your hand and pulling the bird in, turning bag inside-out.  

    Illustration: Handling of Dead Bird

  • Place the bagged bird inside another plastic bag and discard in garbage receptacle.
  • Alternatively, you may choose to pick up the bird with a shovel and bury in the ground: Dig a hole about two feet deep, place bird carcass in the hole using the shovel to scoop it in, and cover with soil. Remember to disinfect shovel with a bleach solution when you are done.

Don't Forget to Wash your Hands.

Location & Contact Information  

Downtown Service Center
1300 West Gregory Street

The Environmental Health office is open Monday – Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

Call 850-595-6700 for more information.