Scientists will study live birds, others that are found dead or killed by hunters, and environmental samples that might carry the worrisome form of bird flu. While most concern about birds flying south through the United States focuses on their Pacific route in the western states, other migratory paths will be included, Clifford said.
The goal is to test 75,000 to 100,000 live or dead birds this year, said Angela Harless of the USDA. The testing, which also will include some Pacific Ocean islands, will focus on waterfowl and shorebirds.
At the same time, Clifford said, officials will continue to monitor other activities that may introduce the virus to the United States: importing and smuggling of birds.