MASON CITY, Iowa- While many people are getting a little annoyed with the winter-like weather, it's also taking a toll on wildlife.
According to the Cerro Gordo County Conservation, many weaker birds that feed off the ground, such as robins, are dying because of the snow and ice coverage.
Todd Von Ehwegen, the Conservation Education Manager, says people can plant shrubs such as high bush cranberries or crab apples that can survive all winter, but he is even taking it a step further.
“I plowed a few spots open in my yard so the robins and other birds can forage,” he said. “It’s not going to have an impact on the overall population, but I felt better about it.”
Von Ehwegen says residents can also plant fern trees to give robins a place to stay warm as well.