Extended winter could mean trouble for migratory birds

The early spring snow is affecting more than just the people in our area.

Experts at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge have found robins that are either dead or near death.

Migratory birds began their process of coming north for the winter, but the snow cover is hiding food sources. While an isolated snow shower can be avoided recent storms have been different.

“If it’s a wide spread snow and they’re a bird that eats insects, they can’t get access to insects when we have cold temperatures and the ground is covered,” said Tim Allen of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

All the endangered wildlife is filling up space at animal shelters.

The Coulee Region Humane Society is responding to a large number of wildlife rescue calls. While they are seeing higher numbers of birds, they’re still looking to help.

“We take up every space that we can, every cage that we can, as you see we’re over flowed into the garage. But when these animals come in you want to keep them in a dark, kind of quiet box or cage. Just so they are calm and not stressed out,” said Animal Control Supervisor Kathy Kasakitas.

To help birds find food, staff at the Humane Society suggest keeping your bird feeder clean and full.