LANSING, Mich. (AP) – State officials say the cold winter is creating hardships for ducks and other Michigan waterfowl.
Bitter temperatures have caused large surface areas of the Great Lakes and many rivers to freeze. That creates a barrier between diving ducks and their preferred food supplies of aquatic plants, mollusks and small fish.
The Department of Natural Resources says large numbers of canvasback, long-tailed, redhead and scaup ducks are congregating around remaining open water areas. Among them are western Lake Erie and large rivers such as the Detroit and St. Clair rivers.
Even there, some ducks are going hungry.
The DNR says people shouldn’t try to rescue ducks in distress because ice conditions are unpredictable, especially near swiftly flowing rivers.