These Chickens Are Our First Line of Defense Against West Nile Virus
Joyce Park stashed this in Science
There is something gloriously overpuffed about the concept of "sentinel chickens"... but they actually perform a very valuable service. Here in Santa Clara county there have been at least 5 known cases of human West Nile this year, tied for the most ever in this area.
I think this has the makings for a great Pixar movie, The Sentinel Chickens.
(Sentinel Chickens would make a great band name.)