Birds ‘in crisis,’ lose feeding grounds covered by snow, ice

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The tough winter has been particularly hard for birds, prompting a wildlife group to step in and help.

The Newport Daily News reports that Kristin Fletcher, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Association of Rhode Island, says ice and snow have reduced food sources for most birds.

Fletcher says the birds are in crisis.

She says the association’s wildlife clinic in North Kingstown has been overwhelmed by geese, ducks, loons and other birds. Some volunteers have brought birds home to care for them until they are healthy enough to release back into the wild.

Fletcher has 14 songbirds in her Portsmouth home.

Barbara Szepatowski, a wildlife clinic volunteer, said she’s responded in the past two weeks to 41 calls about distressed birds, including geese, loons or grebes.

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