Winter drives sea ducks farther inland: Story I wrote for the Chicago Tribune on front page

More on the White-Winged Scoter phenomenon as it has occurred in Chicago, from Sheryl DeVore. Thank you, Sheryl!

I also heard on the radio this morning that the Great Lakes are more than 80% frozen, which adds another statistic to this report. And although I have found no dead birds, I have found two dead squirrels this winter, one in my basement stairwell a couple weeks ago and one on the sidewalk coming home last week.

I’ve never re-blogged before so I hope I’m doing this right!

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Brutal winter drives sea ducks farther inland in Chicago area

Arkadi Romanov has seen hardy sea ducks withstand frigid waters in his native Russia. But the Glenview man never expected to see one emerge from 6 inches of snow at Beck Lake dog park in Des Plaines, about a dozen miles from Lake Michigan.

Nor did he and Chris Anchor, a wildlife biologist with the Cook County Forest Preserve District, expect to discover dozens more scoters dead beneath the snow at the dog park and a park in Glenview.

For the entire story, visit:

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5 thoughts on “Winter drives sea ducks farther inland: Story I wrote for the Chicago Tribune on front page

  1. I’m not sure if I’m clicking on the right links, but I can’t get to the rest of the story. It’s asking for me to register first…..
    I had heard about the frozen lakes, but now I really need to know what happened to those scoters in the snow!!

    • Sorry about the link, I don’t think Sheryl realized it’s not going right to the story without complications. I was annoyed by having to log in to it too and I am registered (which doesn’t cost anything but then they get to advertise to you and try to get you to subscribe, etc.). Basically the one nice story that tied together the whole article was the guy finding one Scoter in trouble and taking it to the police who got it to wildlife rehabilitation and it started to come back to life when they fed it minnows. I’ll hunt around later today and see if I can find a better link for the story. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

      • Hi Lisa,
        I was able to find another link through a search on scoters and Chicago …. So I got my closure 🙂
        Thanks for a great blog, I always enjoy it!
        Frank

    • I guess I didn’t think about the connection either but it sure explains why we’re seeing so many of them out of place. It’s been a hard winter for everyone. I was bemoaning the fact that unlike previous winters there was no open water on the lakefront for me to see ducks, but I didn’t expect to start seeing them in the Chicago River!

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