Robins Impacted by Winter Weather

A local conservationist shares how you can help these birds survive a cold and snowy spring

Posted: Mon Apr 16 16:49:17 PDT 2018
Updated: Mon Apr 16 16:49:18 PDT 2018

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winter weather is getting old for a lot of people, it is also taking it's toll on wildlife. we're hearing people are coming across dead robins. k-i-m-t news brian tabick is learning how you can do your part to make sure birds have food while we wait for warmer weather. he's live for us now to explain. brian? xxx robins dying-lintro-2 katie a lot of birds have already started migrating back -- something those with the cerro gordo county conservation board say is not uncommon. these feeders are available for some but birds that feed off the ground, including robins, are having a tough time eating with the snow and ice still around. xxx robins dying-lmpkg-1 lowerthird2line:robins impacted by winter weather mason city, ia todd von ehwagen, the cerro gordo county conservation education manager, says he has seen a number of dead robins and other birds on his own property as of late. he says a lot of times it is the weaker robins that are dying because they can't get through the snow and ice in order to feed. while he says people can help by planting high bush cranberries, which grow all year or crab apple trees von ehwagon is taking it even one step further. lowerthird2line:todd von ehwegen cerro gordo county conservation education manager with my tractor i plowed a few spots open in my yard just so robins and some of these other birds can forige. it's not going to have an impact on the overall population, but i felt a little better about it. robins dying-ltag-2 von ehwegen says if you have a snow blower you can definitely move some of the snow off your yard as well. in mason city brian tabick k-i- m-t news three. thank you brian. you can also spread chopped apples, berries and mealworms for robins to feed on until the grass emerges. /
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