Ducks go hungry with waterways frozen
Wisconsin's diving ducks struggle for survival with frozen lakes blocking access to food
Frozen waterways have left some of Wisconsin's ducks with little to eat during what seems to be an unusually cold winter.
HTR Media reported an animal rehabilitation clinic in Cato has taken in more than a dozen hungry birds this winter.
Some of the state's ducks don't migrate and continue to dive into water for food during winter months. When shallow waters freeze over, the birds usually head to the shores of Lake Michigan to dive for minnows there.
That might be a good plan during most winters, but this year, Lake Michigan is three-quarters frozen.
Duck rehabilitator Susan Theys said that forces ducks into the middle of the lake, where many can't dive deep enough to reach food.
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