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    Great Lakes Ducks Struggle to Survive Extreme Winter

    By Erin Cassidy, AccuWeather staff writer
    March 18, 2014, 8:32:30 AM EDT

    Ducks have being dying in flocks due to the severe winter along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

    Biologists have tracked the deaths of hundreds of the birds since early January as ice expanded to cover nearly all of the Great Lakes.


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    The ice cover blocks the ducks from fishing for minnows, their main source of food, and researchers have confirmed through dozens of necropsies that their deaths have been caused by starvation.

    "This is unprecedented. Biologists who've worked here for 35 years have never seen anything like this," said Connie Adams, a biologist in New York state's environmental conservation department. "We've seen a decline in tens of thousands in our weekly waterfowl counts" (Mary Esch, Associated Press, March 15).

    Reprinted from ClimateWire with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. 202-628-6500.

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