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Ice on Lake Michigan proving fatal to waterfowl
Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/12/14 | Meredith Rodriguez

Posted on 03/16/2014 12:05:08 AM PDT by Libloather

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Tens of thousands of diving ducks and other waterfowl spend their winters in the southwest part of Lake Michigan each year, said Douglas Stotz, conservation ecologist and ornithologist at the Field Museum. Most years, they fly from places like Canada and Alaska and spend their time here diving for mollusks and fish without major problems.

But then came Chicago’s frigid winter, which as recently as last weekend had blanketed about 93 percent of Lake Michigan in ice.

Hundreds of waterfowl likely have died as a result, experts say, many more are near starvation and a winter storm — the likes of which Chicago experienced Tuesday night — could put even more at risk.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: globalcooling; ice; lake; michigan; waterfowl
Meanwhile, RATS hold hoax-a-thons.
1 posted on 03/16/2014 12:05:08 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

There outta be a law...


2 posted on 03/16/2014 12:13:04 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Libloather

I hate what global warming is doing to those birds. s/


3 posted on 03/16/2014 12:16:33 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17
I hate what global warming is doing to those birds. s/

I understand your sarcasm but the true believers would whole heartedly and seriously agree with the statement sans the /S.

4 posted on 03/16/2014 12:24:55 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Libloather

Too bad they didn’t keep flying south. Many birds fly extrordinary distances.


5 posted on 03/16/2014 12:29:09 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Libloather
...likely have died ...

IOWs you don't really know and this whole thing is made up speculative whinging.

6 posted on 03/16/2014 12:31:55 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Pontiac
I understand your sarcasm but the true believers would whole heartedly and seriously agree with the statement sans the /S.

Yes, I can see what you mean. The global warming nuts might say the same thing, but which no sarcasm.

7 posted on 03/16/2014 12:34:24 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Libloather

Liberal logic:

Global warming causes extensive snow and ice.

ObamaCare is a success even if the number who previously lacked insurance, signed up for ObamaCare, and paid for ObamaCare is less than the number who lost their insurance because of ObamaCare.

Even though Obama had 74% support when he took power five years ago, the majority opposition today is racist and not because of massive incompetence or socialist policies.

Those who oppose abortion, in which minority and female babies are disproportionately killed, are racists conducting a war on women.

The massive “Stimulus”, which has added $7T to our debt, is the reason the economy has only been far worse than the predictions for no stimulus; without “Stimulus” it would have been even worse.

If we just had more restrictive gun laws, criminals who want to conduct mass shootings in schools, movie theaters, and other gun-free zones wouldn’t use guns for their crimes. Presumably they would instigate mass pillow fights rather than break gun laws.

Freedom of speech is enhanced by speech codes.

“Freedom of religion” means “freedom of worship” and only applies for two hours each Sunday morning, not in the rest of our lives.


8 posted on 03/16/2014 12:37:47 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: TigersEye; MinuteGal

“...likely have died ...
IOWs you don’t really know and this whole thing is made up speculative whinging.”

Well, you can make a pretty good calculated guess on the part of the ornithologists, as Lake Michigan is indeed mostly frozen over, and if I were a bird and couldn’t find a lot of open water, and couldn’t easily fly off from ice, I’d probably be pretty hard up too, and hungry. This isn’t a joke for the birds, I’m sure.

Use logic here. Why might they be dying. Too much ice on the lake might be the most logical guess, now wouldn’t it. Even a layman should be able to figure that out. I live in Chicagoland and know the lake pretty well. It’s been almost all ice. This past winter has been a tough one on everyone, including the birds. If I have to see one more mound of ice, I’ll go stir crazy, more than I already am now. I WANT SPRING!


9 posted on 03/16/2014 1:04:54 AM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Too bad they didn’t keep flying south. Many birds fly extrordinary distances.
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True. Southern areas of Texas, as well as other Gulf Coast States, get annual migrations from Canada and the Northern US when the weather begins turning cold up there.

People do the same and that’s why they’re called ‘snow birds’.


10 posted on 03/16/2014 2:10:48 AM PDT by octex
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To: Libloather

Damn global warming. I wish all the liberal democrats and their supporters would stop breathing and stop expelling CO2.


11 posted on 03/16/2014 2:13:54 AM PDT by Nitehawk0325 (Liberal democrats have the ability to screw us over a number of times for the same thing.)
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To: Vendome

First, let’s blame it on Bush and Sarah Palin. Once we have gotten that out of the way, I’d like to know if ballerina Mayor Emanuel went out to feed the dying ducks?

How many govt boats went out to break up the ice so that the ducks could search for food? If they did, did they also throw out feed for them (bread is cheap)?

Mother Nature isn’t always so nice, is she?


12 posted on 03/16/2014 2:16:36 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Vendome

We need more coal-burning power plants or we are all doomed!


13 posted on 03/16/2014 2:44:42 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Libloather

Oh No!


14 posted on 03/16/2014 2:56:24 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Libloather

Cold Air on Maine Coast proving fatal to Harbor Seals!

Maple Trees in Vermont dying from Early Spring.....( yawn!)

The list goes on.

We have been hearing from these Chicken Little bastids for far too long. What a laugh!


15 posted on 03/16/2014 3:00:03 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Libloather

Some years the mergansers show up at my place and some years they don’t. That’s because they follow the ice rather than just going somewhere rather than showing up and hoping there’s no ice.

The great lakes aren’t the only water in the area where the birds go. I’ve got geese here that stick to the open water of the river all winter.


16 posted on 03/16/2014 3:19:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Pollster1

You nailed it, Pollster1. It is truly amazing to review some key elements of liberal logic.

And to think, there are people out there who truly believe what you wrote. This is, as we all know, the result of the take-over of the educational establishment by the leftists.


17 posted on 03/16/2014 4:00:26 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

If they fly south from the Great Lakes, they would then have to face a even greater menace, the hundreds of windmills around Remington Indiana, built SMACK in the middle of one of the largest migratory bird routes in North America.

But, that’s OK. They will die in the glorious name of Political Correctness, and Democrat Cronyism!


18 posted on 03/16/2014 4:02:11 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Libloather

Global Warming seems to be ignoring North America the last few years.


19 posted on 03/16/2014 4:16:26 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Libloather

If you like your diver ducks, you can keep your diver ducks.


20 posted on 03/16/2014 4:36:35 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Libloather

But bald eagles flying into wind turbines is still okie dokie!


21 posted on 03/16/2014 5:01:29 AM PDT by albie
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To: Libloather
I guess they just noticed that survival of the fittest is a tough program. Just ask the deer, grouse and turkeys that survived this brutal winter in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Or the cattle, chickens and farmers that spent long days and nights in sub-zero weather.

A few weeks ago flocks of robins arrived in southeast Minnesota on their normal schedule to find deep crusty snow and sub-zero temperatures. Those that survived soon left.

22 posted on 03/16/2014 5:27:32 AM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Libloather

Polar bears will love life on the Great Lakes.


23 posted on 03/16/2014 5:28:05 AM PDT by syriacus (By inviting millions of undocumented immigrants to stay here, Obama's enlarging our carbon footprint)
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To: Libloather
If only the waterfowl hadn't believed the movie An Inconvenient Truth...
24 posted on 03/16/2014 5:52:36 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Mark17

Hundreds?????


25 posted on 03/16/2014 6:07:32 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Take out the trash)
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To: flaglady47

Is it safe to say you don’t want the birds to starve to death? How touching.


26 posted on 03/16/2014 6:09:13 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Republicans are stoopit ....

/S

LOL


27 posted on 03/16/2014 6:12:29 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Libloather

Let the starving and urban outdoorsmen eat the ducks problem solved./s


28 posted on 03/16/2014 6:30:55 AM PDT by bikerman
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To: flaglady47

Life is never a joke for any animal. Not one minute of it. Ever.


29 posted on 03/16/2014 11:55:24 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: BykrBayb; flaglady47
Is your comment supposed to be sarcastic and insulting to the poster?

Please explain.

Leni

30 posted on 03/16/2014 12:01:24 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

Just observing the irony of campaigning for the forced starvation of cognitively disabled people, and then crying over the possibility of starving birds. SMH


31 posted on 03/16/2014 3:02:09 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb; flaglady47
I don't get any association at all between your comment and the post you're referring to. And I'm not wasting any more time on the subject, either.

Anyhow, have a happy St. Paddy's Day tomorrow.

Leni

32 posted on 03/16/2014 3:16:31 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal; flaglady47

I don’t like for anyone, even birds, to have to starve to death. During inclement weather, when foraging is difficult, I supply food and water for the birds. I’m also the primary caregiver to my husband, one of those cognitively disabled people that flaglady says should be starved and dehydrated to death for the offense of being a burden. So yeah, when I see her whining over the poor birdies, showing more concern for them than her fellow human beings, sometimes I can’t resist the urge to point out the hypocrisy.


33 posted on 03/16/2014 3:40:09 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb; MinuteGal

“So yeah, when I see her whining over the poor birdies, showing more concern for them than her fellow human beings, sometimes I can’t resist the urge to point out the hypocrisy.”

Were you born nasty or was it an acquired taste?


34 posted on 03/16/2014 7:22:06 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: Libloather

It’s called natural population control!


35 posted on 03/16/2014 7:22:58 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: TigersEye
I live in Illinois, between the frozen great lakes and the fact that until the last few days most of Nprtheast Illinois has been snowcovered since just after Christmas, with very few breaks in the weather/thaws there's no food for the birds..

Robins, Cardinals and other birds returned EARLY this year, in mid-February. We had about 20 inches of snow cover on the ground where I live, 30 miles SW of Chicago. There was no food for the birds. Not sure where they went, but they're no longer in my area.

We even have coyotes and now wolves coming into our area looking for food because the snowcover has kept their food (rabbits, mice, etc..) underground/under snow.

36 posted on 03/16/2014 7:30:15 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

OK


37 posted on 03/16/2014 8:34:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Libloather

Bad year for water fowl. It’s happened before.


38 posted on 03/16/2014 8:39:18 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: flaglady47

I’m in good company among all the people you call nasty for refusing to employ the Schiavo Protocol against innocent victims.


39 posted on 03/16/2014 8:40:27 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb

Choose your battlegrounds better, rather than on a thread about birds. Geez.


40 posted on 03/16/2014 9:55:00 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: flaglady47

Poor birds. How touching.


41 posted on 03/17/2014 4:39:43 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: flaglady47

This isn’t a joke for the birds, I’m sure......This is natural selection before your eyes. Birds find it easy to thrive most years in winter when they should be going south. Comes along a winter like this and those who got adjusted die off, thereby cleansing the gene pool back to closer what they were supposed to do. Doves around here are in the same predicament. They were hanging out year long and this winter can’t find food (except from those idiots who are throwing out food for the birds). Straightens the gene pool out, a little, to get rid the abberations.


42 posted on 03/17/2014 4:51:53 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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