Severe Winter, Ice Hit Fish-Eating Ducks Hard

DELMAR, N.Y. (March 15, 2014) The Niagara River corridor from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario is renowned as a winter haven for water birds, but this year's bitterly cold winter has taken a toll on ducks.

Biologists say carcasses began piling up by the hundreds in early January after consistently low temperatures started icing over nearly the entire Great Lakes.

That prevented the ducks from getting to the minnows that are their main source of food.

Necropsies confirmed that the ducks starved.

It's a phenomenon that has been seen elsewhere along the Great Lakes, where there are reports of diving ducks and other waterfowl turning up dead by the hundreds along the southern part of Lake Michigan.

They've also been found in Lake St. Clair between Lakes Erie and Huron.

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