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Backyard birds

  A new report by the Colorado Division of Wildlife helps backyard birders care for what they're watching. For instance, cleaning feeders with soap and rinsing with a dilute bleach solution followed by plain water can help prevent the spread of diseases like avian pox and salmonellosis. And if you take a few months off from filling the feeder, remember to taper off gradually instead of stopping abruptly, keeping in mind that wild food is most abundant in late summer and fall. For a copy of the winter 1997 issue of Colorado's Wildlife Company, the Division's bird-feeding guide, write to Renée Herring, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216, or call 303/291-7250. The Division's Internet site is www.dnr.state.co.us/wildlife.