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There won’t be any crowing contests or poultry competitions at the New York State Fair this year. The decision is a proactive one, in response to the spread of a strain of avian flu.

The directive comes from the New York State Department of Agriculture, which is watching the spread of strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza, according to state veterinarian Dr. David Smith.

In this archived broadcast from June 29, 1990, John Weeks talks about flowers, birds, and spring weather. Weeks says how his favorite subject is flowers and birds and he tells the story about a painting that he did two years ago of a Baltimore oriole and some tulip trees. He said after studying more about the Baltimore oriole he decided to fix the painting that he created. Weeks also talks about his favorite places to go se flowers and birds.

John Weeks discusses the arrival of various bird species beginning in late February and continuing through the spring months. Migration timetables are rarely disrupted by fickle March weather.