UPDATE: Trawler breaks up ice to help hungry Wis. ducks

UPDATED Friday, February 28, 2014 --- 9:40 a.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's water-diving ducks are getting some help from residents who became concerned after learning ice was keeping ducks from gathering food this winter.

HTR Media reports animal rehabilitation clinics are caring for a larger-than-usual number of malnourished ducks this winter. Some ducks don't migrate in winter and dive into water in search of food.

Conservationist Tom Kocourek says when he heard frozen waterways were preventing the birds from finding food, he decided to do something about it. The Two Rivers man called a marine contracting and engineering firm, which used a trawler to break up ice in Manitowoc and Two Rivers harbors.

Days after ducks had been spotted walking through streets in search of anything to eat, they were in the water, diving for food again.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted Wednesday, February 26, 2014 --- 9:34 a.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- Frozen waterways have left some of Wisconsin's ducks with little to eat during what seems to be an unusually cold winter.

HTR Media reports 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 says that forces ducks into the middle of the lake, where many can't dive deep enough to reach food.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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