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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