DELMAR, N.Y. (AP) - The Niagara River corridor from Lake Erie to Lake
Ontario is renowned as a spectacular winter haven for hundreds of
thousands of water birds. But this year's bitterly cold season has made
it notable for something else: dead ducks.
Biologists say carcasses began piling up by the hundreds in early
January after the plunging temperatures started icing over nearly the
entire Great Lakes, preventing the ducks from getting to the minnows
that are their main source of food. Necropsies on dozens of birds have
confirmed the cause: starvation.
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