200 ducks dead after they mistook wet pavement for wetland marshes

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Hundreds of migrating waterfowl die in northwest Iowa after mistaking wet roads for wetland marsches. Picture: STEVE GRIEBEL / Iowa DNR

That’s really new and unique for me! And it can probably only happen in Iowa 😉

In this unprecedented weather phenomenon, hundreds of ducks mistook wet parking lots and roads for wetlands and marshes, resulting in hundreds being killed by vehicles in northwest Iowa.

The unbelievable event occurred between 9:30 p.m. Monday and early Tuesday morning.

While heading east on Hwy. 20 toward Hwy. 71, Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer Steve Griebel counted over 200 dead ducks on the highway, and said there were many more out of sight in the ditch.

According to officials, there were many different species like bluebills, mallards, buffleheads, and teal, among others.

Why did the birds die?

The migratory birds started their long journey when bitter cold settled into central Canada and the Dakotas sending ducks and geese south.

The migration then turned fatal when the waterfowl encountered a strong mixed precipitation weather front and needed to set down.

This is a unique, one-time event that there’s nothing much we could do about, and should be over now.

Of course you are allowed to utilize the road killed ducks. To do so, you will need a valid hunting license, pay habitat fee, migratory game bird fee and federal duck stamp and follow daily bag and possession limits.

Well it seems to me that many migratory birds are being killed in the last few weeks. More bird mass die-offs on Iowa DNR, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Too bad. I have ducks and geese. I like them. I don’t eat them, unless they die from an injury. Roosters will spine them when trying to mate.
    I usually shoot roosters that do that. Pisses me off. Roosters can be good for insect killing, but they try and mate female ducks. Their beak is so sharp, when they bite down on the duck, it cripples them. Yep.

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